Melrose Park Dog Bite Attorneys

Located in Cook County, the village of Melrose Park is Chicago suburb, known for its tree-lined streets, well-manicured homes, and neighborly-like atmosphere. The personal injury and wrongful death attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. remain dedicated to seeking justice on behalf of the injured and family members of the deceased, following an incident involving a dog bite or dog attack in Melrose Park, or a surrounding area.

Like most individuals who are unfamiliar with lengthy and complex legal provisions, determining which laws apply to whom, and under what circumstances, may seem like a daunting task, particularly when the occurrence of an injury or accident necessitates full understanding of all laws relevant to particular matter. The Melrose Park dog bite attorneys, Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. take note of the difficulties faced by clients in their attempt to make sense of the manners in which specific laws may apply to their own unique scenario.

As a starting point in assessing a dog bite or animal attack, it is helpful to understand the difference between state and local law. For purposes of a Melrose Park accident, state law refers to the laws of the state of Illinois. Local law, on the other hand, refers to the laws set forth by the particular location within Illinois. It is important to distinguish between the laws set forth by a county within Illinois, and those set forth by a city, town, village, or similar type of municipality within that county.

Cook County, just like every other county in Illinois, has its own set of law, referred to as ordinances, which govern the activities that occur within county boundaries. Similarly, Melrose Park, just like other areas within Cook County, has its own set of municipal ordinances that govern activities occurring with the village.

Upon understanding the various levels of law, it is then necessary to understand the manner in which these laws interact with one another. For many confusion can occur, either when it appears that there is a conflict in law, or when an individual fails to take into consideration the relevancy, applicability, and/or interaction between the laws of a state, county, and/or municipality.

Fortunately, most state and local law includes provisions to address perceived conflicts in law. However, it is important to observe that the level of superiority, when considered in order of state, county, municipality—demands the simultaneous consideration of any limitations that exists. For example, if Illinois law explicitly prohibits a deviation in local law on a particular matter, then local law must comply. Likewise, if county ordinance allows for deviation on a particular matter, but prohibits another, then the ordinances of a municipality must also comply.

For example, in continuing with the discussion of dog bite accidents occurring in Melrose Park, the village’s municipal ordinance specifically provides for its adoption of county ordinances as a supplement to its village ordinance.(See, Melrose Park, IL Municipal Ord. §6.04.010). However, in noting potential conflicts that may arise, Melrose Park also provides for the circumstances in which village ordinance will apply over County Ordinance.

In assessing state and local laws following a dog bite attack, the dog bite attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. encourage you to take note of the role state law or local ordinance can play in determinations concerning the legal rights and interests of a particular individual. For example, the defendants in a dog bite accident, may have concerns over an animal being impounded or euthanized, the imposition of fines, and more importantly, criminal and civil liability.

Our Melrose Park attorneys, however, represent solely the victims of dog attacks, and as such, we observe the need to analyze an accident by evaluating the manner in which the defendant’s actions contribute to both establishing liability and recovering damages on the victim’s behalf. We also observe the need to access each and every incident on a case-by-case basis.

Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. encourages all victims of dog bites to seek consultation with an attorney that is experienced in handling injuries and fatalities caused by an animal attack. Our Melrose Park dog bite attorneys represent clients throughout Cook County.

Take the measures necessary to ensure the protection of your legal rights—call us today at 773-516-4100, or online, to schedule your Free Personal Injury Consultation.

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