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    The Dangers Posed by Dogs Chained in Yards

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Most dogs are well behaved and never cause a problem. However, dog bites do occur and the injuries you may suffer can be severe.

    This news clip shows a dog chained in a front yard that tried to bite a pedestrian. Officers arrived on the scene and the dog, which had a history of escaping its chain, jumped at an officer and tried to grab his foot. Another officer intervened and used a taser to restrain the dog. The officer was not injured, and local animal control returned the dog to its owners.

    If you have been the victim of a dog bite attack, contact Shea Law Group to learn about your rights. Call (773) 365-0040 to schedule a consultation and determine if you should file a personal injury claim.

    Common Types of Personal Injuries Sustained in Auto Accidents

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Auto accidents occur every day on roads and highways across the country. Fortunately, many of these accidents are minor and result in little or no injuries. Other accidents lead to serious injuries and death. If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to protect your rights. The most common types of personal injuries sustained in auto accidents include:

    Neck and Back Injuries

    Many people have heard of whiplash, and it is one of the most common injuries associated with car accidents. Whiplash can vary in severity depending on the circumstances of an accident. Whiplash and other types of neck or back injuries may not present symptoms immediately following an accident. Common back injuries include sprains, fractures, disc injuries, and spinal damage. Be sure to undergo a medical evaluation if you experience any neck or back pain, weak limbs, paralysis, tingling, or difficulty breathing following a car accident.

    Brain and Head Injuries

    Sports, especially football, have drawn attention to the problems that brain and head injuries can create in the short and long term. Concussions are common, but seizures, headaches, dizziness, and fractures are all problems that you may experience due to an auto accident. Impact with the hard surfaces in your car, such as the steering wheel, can also lead to facial injuries. In accidents in which the airbags deploy, some people also suffer broken noses.

    Internal Injuries

    Car accidents can lead to serious internal injuries, including damaged or punctured internal organs. Broken bones, especially in the limbs and ribs, are also a common result of auto accidents.

    Have you suffered any of the aforementioned injuries due to a car accident caused by another party? Whether your injuries are on this list or not, you may be entitled to compensation. At Shea Law Group, we will work to prove that you were the victim and that you deserve compensation. Call (773) 365-0040 to schedule a consultation.

    Learn More About Dog Bites With These Links

    Last updated 1 year ago

    We have recently discussed ways that you can keep your dog from harming others and facts regarding dog bites. We also took a look at dog bites in Illinois and how to act when approached by a strange dog. Readers who enjoyed our recent articles should check out the following resources:

    For a dog bite attorney in Chicago, contact the Shea Law Group at (773) 365-0040 today.

    Dealing With a Dog Bite: Information to Help You Through the Process

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Are you looking for a lawyer to represent you in a dog bite injury claim? The skilled team at Shea Law Group can help fight for your compensation. We have years of experience aiding Illinois residents in receiving the amount of damages they deserve. Learn more about dog bites with the information below and Chicago-area residents should contact our attorneys by calling (773) 365-0040 today.

    • This article from DogTrainingSite.net offers some great tips for safely meeting strange dogs that approach you.
    • CesarsWay.com is a site run by the popular host of The Dog Whisperer. This page on the website contains information about preventing dog bites.
    • Do you want to prevent your dog from biting? This article from the American Humane Society website features helpful tips.
    • The American Kennel Club website provides this article, which contains additional information about dog bite prevention.

    4 Facts about Dog Bites

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Dogs are capable of seriously injuring neighbors, passersby, and children. If you were hurt as a result of a canine bite, you should contact a personal injury lawyer, as you may have a legal claim for damages against the dog’s owner. Here are four interesting facts about dog bites in the United States:

    1. 4.7 Million Americans are Bit Every Year

    The number of annual dog bites tops four and a half million. This is the figure published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which monitors the general health of the population. While 4.7 million may not seem like much in a country with 72 million pet-owning households, the figure means that no injured American is a statistical outlier.

    2. Over 350,000 Injuries Require Emergency Treatment

    Not all dog bite victims receive medical attention. The American Humane Association reports that less than half a million individuals seek treatment at emergency rooms for their dog bite injuries. Of these, 58% required serious wound treatment procedures, such as sutures or skin grafts.

    3. The Number of Patients Treated for Dog Bites Increased 86% In the Last Decade

    According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the overall number of hospitalizations for dog bites has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. Of these hospitalized individuals, almost half sought treatment for a skin infection that resulted from the bite.

    4. 16,000 People Filed Dog Bite Claims in 2011

    If you suffered injuries due to a dog bite, you have the legal rights to file a claim against the owner’s insurance company. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that over 16,000 individual claims were filed by dog bite victims in 2011. On average, the standard amount received per claim was almost $30,000.
    Shea Law Group in Chicago can help assess the strength of your dog bite personal injury claim. Our personal injury team can then help you obtain the insurance compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering after a dog bite. Chicago-area residents should call our office today at (773) 365-0040 for a no-cost case evaluation.

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