News Release

A lawsuit recently filed by Matthew R. Chapman was reported in The Madison-St. Clair Record newspaper. As the article states, Mr. Chapman represents an 8-year old boy who was attacked and bitten by a pit bull. Mr. Chapman filed a two-count complaint under the Illinois Animal Control Act and general negligence principles. The Animal Control Act was passed in Illinois to end the so-called “one-bite rule.” Under this statute, an owner of a dog is liable for all injuries caused by either an attack or a dog bite so long as the victim was not a trespasser and did not provoke the dog. In other words, rather than having to prove that the dog had vicious propensities (i.e. that the dog had bitten before), Illinois law provides for a form of strict liability on dog owners if the elements of the statute are met. “The statute simply codifies what law-abiding dog owners already do; that is, pay for the full range of damages caused by an unprovoked bite on a guest at their property,” Mr. Chapman stated. “My job is to make sure that the dog owner’s insurance company does not try to use any loopholes to refuse to pay full compensation for the victim’s injury.” If you or someone you know would like more information on the remedies available after a dog bite accident, please call the lawyers at Becker, Schroader & Chapman, P.C., 618-931-1100.