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Two-year old girl killed by two dogs in Chicago

Posted on in Premises Liability

Those injured by the carelessness of another party may have legal recourse options to consider.

A two-year old girl was recently killed following an attack by pit bulls in Chicago. The autopsy of the little girl revealed that her death resulted from multiple injuries blamed on the dog attack, however, there were also signs of neglect. The girl was being cared for by her grandfather at the time of the attack. The two dogs that attacked the girl have been seized by local animal control authorities.

Dog bite law in Wisconsin holds pet owners strictly liable for the injuries the pet owner&s animal causes. This means that in the event of a dog attack, if a victim is injured or killed, the owner will be liable for damages to the victim or victim&s family through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Additionally in Wisconsin, if the pet owner had knowledge of the dog&s propensity to bite, the pet owner may be liable to the victim, or victim&s family, for double the amount of damages.

Generally, those who are legally on the property of another have a reasonable expectation of safety and of not being harmed on the property. In the case of children, a property owner must provide warning of a dangerous condition to protect any children, if children are likely to be on the property and the dangerous condition could cause serious injury or death.

If a victim has been injured or killed on the property of another, the victim, or family members of the victim, may wish to consider a premises liability claim for damages. A Chicago premises liability attorney can help victims, and family members of victims, evaluate a claim for damages and better understand the process of bringing a claim.

Source: NBC Chicago, "Mom Mourns Daughter Killed By Pit Bulls," Charlie Wojciechowski, Dec. 9, 2013

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