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Archive for the category: Animal Attacks
  • Dog Days of Summer Responsible Dog Owner

    You have probably seen the Montrose Dog Beach on Lake Michigan where canines and their human companions can romp in the sand and splash in the water. This is just one of more than a dozen dog parks in Chicago where dogs are allowed to be off –leash. Many of these sites have doggie drinking fountains, and dog owner bulletin boards as well extra doggie bags. While it may seem to be a walk in the park, dog owners should be aware that Municipal Code 7-12-140 requires all dogs four months and older be registered in Chicago. Registration is necessary to enter Chicago Park District dog-friendly areas. Rules for Dog Friendly Areas (DFA) are enforced by the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control and they can issue tickets to violators. Violators face a possible fine of $500. The registration tag must be on the dog’s collar or harness and dog owners must carry their permits at all times when attending DFAs. Even if you’re just visiting for the day, you must have the permit and tag. There are no visitor or day passes. Having your dog registered with the City shows that you are a responsible dog owner. Dog bites and mishaps happen; your dog can very easily be provoked into biting someone. In Illinois, the law is very strict regarding dog bites and dog attacks. As long someone haven’t trespassed or otherwise provoked your dog into assaulting someone, you, as the owner of the dog, are liable for the injury. The Illinois Animal Control Act clearly states that: “If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.” If your dog has bitten or attacked a person, call our Chicago dog bite attorneys at Ankin Law before you speak with anyone so we can properly advise you of your rights. A dog bite or an animal attack is certainly an unpleasant event and it can be very dangerous or even deadly! . We will investigate who was responsible for the attack, as we understand dog owners, know your rights and we will fight for you. A dog is[READ MORE…]

  • Lawsuit Filed in Connection with Yellowstone Bear Mauling

    A $5 million wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the federal government by the widow of a man mauled by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park in June.  The lawsuit, which was filed in a federal court in Wyoming on October 25, 2011, alleges that researchers negligently trapped the bear along a trail close to cabins and prematurely removed signs warning the public of their work with bears in the area.  As a result of their negligence, the plaintiff alleges a 430-pound male grizzly bear mauled Erwin Erwin Evert of Park Ridge, Ill., who had been in the area. Evert’s family claims that the government failed to take appropriate precautions to warn Evert, who was had been staying in his cabin about 6 miles from the entrance of Yellowstone, of the researchers’ work and study of the bears in the area.  The lawsuit alleges that the researchers were negligent in providing proper warnings by removing warning signs three days too early and failing to warn Evert of their work in the area, despite the fact that they saw Erwin at his cabin at least twice during the course of their research.  Researchers are required to warn the public about traps and about any potential for grizzly bear confrontation, pursuant to study team guidelines. The bear attack occurred on the same day that two of scientists had trapped and tranquilized the bear.  The lawsuit alleges that the researchers left the bear before it was fully awake, which is a violation of study team policy. An investigation found that the researchers had removed the warning signs after they completed their research work and returned to the trailhead.  The investigation report also revealed that Evert, a botanist, was aware of the ongoing scientific research and was planning to “catch up with the guys” to learn more about their research. It is important for visitors to national parks to understand the dangers of their surrounds and to take the appropriate safety precautions.  The Chicago wrongful death law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is committed to providing exceptional legal services to the victims of catastrophic accidents and their families. Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com. ANKIN LAW OFFICE LLC Chicago Workers Compensation | Chicago Personal Injury | Chicago Motor Vehicle Accidents Chicago Wrongful[READ MORE…]


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