Almost any dog is capable of an attack, but certain breeds are responsible for a disproportionate number of them. Pit bulls are often the most feared, but Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, rottweilers and chows made the list in a study by the Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs.

At Balke & Williams, we represent adults and children across McHenry County who have suffered disfiguring lacerations, puncture wounds and broken bones from dog bites or animal attacks. As in any personal injury case, we begin an immediate and aggressive investigation into the facts to protect your rights and potential claims.

Illinois does not have a "one free bite" law. If you or a child has been bitten by a dog, you need to act quickly. Call 815-585-4080 or 312-986-8063 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

What To Do Immediately

First, identify the dog and the dog owner as soon as possible. Second, call animal control and seek immediate medical treatment. If possible, also take pictures of the injury and contact any witnesses who may have seen the attack.

Any evidence you can collect immediately will be helpful in pursuing your case. Here are some examples of how dog bites often occur:

  • An unleashed dog at a park attacks a woman walking her own dog
  • While playing outside at her grandmother's home a little girl is attacked by a neighbor dog
  • A landlord fails to warn of a vicious or dangerous dog in the building and the dog attacks a mail carrier

Our attorneys take a comprehensive approach to ensure you receive fair compensation once the full extent of your injuries is determined. You or your child may have suffered severe lacerations or puncture wounds that cause scarring or disfigurement. These claims can result in significant recoveries against responsible owners, landlords and homeowners insurance carriers, especially where injuries are permanent.

Get Legal Help

Where do you turn for help? At Balke & Williams we offer free consultations to discuss what happened and answer your legal questions. Schedule time to speak with one of our experienced lawyers via email or by calling 815-585-4080 (Crystal Lake) or 312-986-8063 (our Chicago office).