Chicago PetSmart Employee Represented by Briskman Briskman & Greenberg Awarded $717K in Dog Bite Settlement

Chicago PetSmart Employee Represented by Briskman Briskman & Greenberg Awarded $717K in Dog Bite Settlement

Jun 12, 2024

Chicago, Illinois – In a notable legal conclusion, Briskman Briskman & Greenberg obtained a substantial settlement of $717,000 for a Chicago PetSmart employee, who was bitten on the nose by a customer’s dog. The incident, which occurred while the worker was assisting with a harness fitting, highlights the responsibilities of pet owners under Illinois law.

According to the details of the case, the employee suffered significant injuries from the dog bite, requiring reconstruction surgery, leading to a demand for compensation. While such cases often involve the employer, in this situation, the majority of the settlement was paid by the dog’s owner. This outcome is consistent with Illinois state law, which places the onus of responsibility for a dog’s actions on its owner.

The managing member of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, Paul Greenberg, represented the employee and provided insight into the case’s resolution. “This settlement is a clear reminder that pet ownership comes with legal responsibilities,” Greenberg stated. “In Illinois, when a dog causes harm, the owner is liable for the damages. Our client was simply performing his job duties when the incident occurred, and the injury sustained had a significant impact on his life and work.”

The legal framework in Illinois is strict in regard to dog bite incidents. Under the state’s Animal Control Act, if a dog, without provocation, attacks or injures someone who is peaceably conducting themselves in a place where they are lawfully present, the owner is liable for civil damages.

The settlement reached is comprehensive, accounting for the employee’s medical expenses, emotional distress, and other damages. Notably, the resolution of this case underscores the importance of having experienced legal counsel.

Greenberg further commented on the outcome, emphasizing the role of legal counsel in navigating the complexities of dog bite cases. “Our firm is committed to ensuring that victims of dog bites receive the justice and compensation they deserve. We hope this case serves as a deterrent, encouraging all dog owners to take necessary precautions and be mindful of their pets’ behavior in public spaces.”

Paul Greenberg is an experienced dog bite attorney who is regularly cited by news organizations as an authority on Illinois’ dog bite laws. He’s been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, WGN, and many local and national news publications.

The resolution of this case, which was settled out of court, underscores the importance of legal experience in securing fair settlements for injured parties.

The attorneys at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg have successfully represented individuals and families who have been injured or lost loved ones as the result of someone’s carelessness or a workplace accident. We have achieved success in thousands of cases, recovering millions of dollars in damages for our clients in a wide variety of cases, including personal injury, car accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, pharmacy errors, dog bite injuries, and work injuries.

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