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The Defendant's CC should be part of his Answer and separately designated as such. Here is the IL statute on counterclaim: http://law.onecle.com/illinois/735ilcs5/2-608.html But if it states facts which tend to contravene the facts stated in the complaint, the court could treat it as an Answer. To find out, you would have to move for a default judgment on the Complaint. As far as your answer to the CC goes. It must admit or deny or state that you are without knowledge of the facts stated in the CC. Here is a site that provides the format for an Answer. http://www.law.siu.edu/selfhelp/info/forms/answer.pdf
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I was bitten by the defendant, who continue to hold/bite my right little finger causing a laceration, sutures, tetanus injection etc. Legally was I allowed or justified in doing what I needed to do to stop her or have her release my finger from the grip of her teeth? I required medical attention via 911 paramedics. She refused medical, told the police she did not need medical attention but decided later that day or the next day to seek medical attention. She was not bleeding, but she states she was bruised. so she is counter suing me for her bruises, "black eye". also during this struggle her dog bit my left lower leg. The police asked me if the dog had current rabies shot? I stated that I did not know. The dog bite was not put in the police report so I did not include it in my complaint now I don't know if that was a good decision, can I add or include the dog bite this now ?