Peoria, IL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Illinois

Q: Am I legally responsible for a dog bite that occurred when the landlord had electricians come in to do work?

Apartment complex had electricians come in to do wiring. The complex had asked for my dogs to be put up in kennels. My fiancé was there when the electricians started working. She left to run som errands, when I get a call from complex saying my dog broke out of his kennel (which he has not done before) and end up biting one of the men in the arm. I did all the complex asked of me knowing the situation. If they had told me to take dogs out of apartment before I would of complied. They didn't ask that, I complied to what was asked. Am I then liable? I didn't ask the work to be done I was told I had to let them in. The obviously felt comfortable enough when they started working! Please help

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J. Andrew Brabender
J. Andrew Brabender
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Under the Animal Control Act dog owners are almost always legally responsible for dog bites so long as the dog was not provoked and the victim had a legal right to be where the incident occurred. Renters' and homeowners' insurance usually covers dog bites (though breed restrictions do exist). If you have insurance, report it to your carrier. If you do not have insurance and the victim has threatened to sue, contact an attorney.

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