Many families in Illinois and across the country have dogs as family pets. These pets can often be fiercely protective of their owners but can pose a significant threat to others if not properly monitored and controlled. Unfortunately, a young girl in another state is now hospitalized after suffering dog bites to the majority of her body.
The 12-year-old victim was reportedly walking to school on a day in November when she was allegedly attacked by a bullmastiff. Reports indicate that she ran into a mobile home in an attempt to escape the dog, but it followed her into the home. With the help of neighbors, a police officer was able to lock the dog into one of the home's rooms.
One police officer claims that the victim suffered bites to her whole body, excluding her face and left leg. She remains hospitalized and faces a fourth surgery. The dog is expected to be quarantined until a decision about its fate can be made. The investigation regarding the alleged attack continues.
Unfortunately, a young girl is left in the hospital as she struggles to recover from the multiple dog bites she received. While doctors are likely working hard to repair the physical damage from which she is suffering, it may take years to heal the mental scars. To help ensure that victims such as this in Illinois receive the treatment they need after such an attack, many turn to experienced personal injury attorneys to help them file a civil lawsuit against the responsible parties. A successfully presented case can result in an award of damages that will provide for medical costs, among other financial ramifications, of a dog attack.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Massive Dog Attacks Indiana Girl, Bites Most of Her Body", Nov. 14, 2017