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Results-Driven Personal Injury Attorneys
Dog Bites

Charleston, IL Dog Bite Attorneys

Dog Owner Liability & Your Right to Compensation

Dog bites and attacks cause serious damages, both physical and psychological. It may seem difficult or impossible to rebuild, but recovering a fair settlement or award to cover medical bills and other losses can go a long way in helping a victim begin to move on with his or her life. The attorneys at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm are committed to ensuring dog bite victims receive compensation for the full measure of injury they have suffered. We represent clients from offices in Charleston, IL and St. Louis, MO in personal injury and wrongful death actions related to dog bites and animal attacks of any kind.

To find out how we can help you, call (217) 394-5885. Your consultation is free and confidential.

Strict Liability for Dog Bites in Illinois

In Illinois, animal owners are held to a strict liability standard. This means that a victim of an unprovoked dog attack need not prove that the owner negligently controlled the dog or that the dog had ever attacked anyone before. If you are the victim of an unprovoked attack, the dog’s owner is responsible for paying all your damages. This includes not only injuries caused by the bite itself, but those suffered while trying to flee or otherwise avoid the attacking dog, such as injuries caused by tripping or falling.

We Have the Experience You Need

Our Charleston, IL dog bite attorneys at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm have substantial experience handling canine and other animal attack cases. We apply our knowledge and experience to pursue complete compensation for our clients under Illinois law, which may include expenses for past and future medical treatment, reconstructive surgery, and rehabilitative expenses. You may also be entitled to recover lost wages, future loss of earnings, disfigurement, and pain and suffering. In many cases, these damages may be covered under the homeowner’s insurance policy of the animal’s owner. We consider every possible source of compensation to maximize each client’s recovery.

If someone in your family has suffered an injury or you believe you may have a wrongful death claim after a dog attack, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is here to help. We handle cases throughout Central and Southern Illinois. We offer a free consultation and evaluation. If we take your case, there are no attorney fees unless you receive compensation.

Contact us today for more information and insight that applies to your unique case.

A History of success

millions recovered for our clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement
  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict
  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement
  • Tractor Death and Injury $2,400,000 Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement
  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement
  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement
  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict
  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

The Right Attorney can Make a difference

  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome & won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Client testimonials

  • “Overall my experience was quite positive. My attorney assured me that my experience and injuries deserved compensation. Most importantly I no longer had to speak with insurance companies. I would reco ...”

    - Jennifer B.
  • “I appreciated the hard work and dedication to my case. Dawn was great! I really appreciated her and all her hard work.”

    - Levi R.
  • “Highly recommended.”

    - Wendy G.
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • 2020 Best Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
  • Recommended by Peers for Leading Lawyers Network
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Leading Lawyers Advisory Board Member
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers 2019