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Dog bites: Child hospitalized following attack

Many households in Illinois have dogs as pets. The animals are often beloved members of the family. Unfortunately, even dogs that have no previous history of violence can cause injuries. Reports indicate that a boy in another state was recently sent to the hospital as a result of dog bites -- reportedly the second attack this month involving the dog.

The attack is said to have occurred one evening on a day in July. The 8-year-old victim was reportedly standing outside of a friend's house when the dog bit him. While official reports claim that the boy was taken to the hospital due to injuries near his mouth and eyes, a neighbor's description states that the boy's face was mauled.

Reports indicate that the same dog bit another neighbor on the arm earlier in the month. That victim reportedly suffered nerve damage and required hospital treatment. The dog is currently in the custody of animal services; the owner agreed to euthanize the dog.

Dog bites can cause significant physical and mental harm. They often require extensive medical treatment, potentially including plastic surgery, and some victims may face the emotional consequences of such an attack for the rest of their lives. As a result, many people in Illinois injured in such a way often choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of the dog -- and other parties that may share responsibility -- that attacked them. If they successfully present their case, they could receive an award of damages that will help them manage the financial consequences of their injuries.

Source: ktla.com, "8-Year-Old Boy Suffers Serious Bite Wounds After Pit Bull Attack Near Riverside; Dog to Be Euthanized", Tracy Bloom and Steve Kuzj, July 21, 2017

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