Some people are more susceptible to being bitten by dogs than others simply because they are not adept at reading dogs' pre-attack body language.
Dogs are often called man's best friend, but they can also be a terrifying enemy. Some dogs get raised in a way that encourages aggressive or dangerous behavior. Owners who want a dog to protect a property may train it to attack anyone but themselves. Some people beat, starve or mistreat dogs with the intent of making the dog fight other dogs in an illegal dog fighting ring. Sometimes, dogs that have always seemed like great companions suddenly snap, perhaps due to previous abuse or inbreeding, attacking someone who just happened to be nearby.
Illinois dog owners may take a variety of cautions to avoid the potential lawsuits that can arise when guests to their property are bitten. Dog bites can subject owners to premises liability if a jury agrees that reasonable precautions were not taken, such as posting signs, constructing fencing or dog cages, and keeping dogs leashed when in public. If a jury finds a dog owner was negligent, the compensation awarded to dog bite victims can be substantial, as a recent case illustrates.