According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), an estimate 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs annually, and 800,000 of those bites required medical treatment. Dogs of all breeds and sizes are capable of attacking people, although pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and certain breeds tend to be the most common in reported attacks. Dog bites are common especially in children, who often suffer the most severe injuries.
Dog bites can lead to serious injuries such as:
If you have suffered a dog bite injury, contact Casey Law Offices. We can evaluate your claim and discuss what damages you may be entitled to recover. Our personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients. We have extensive experience negotiating and litigating all types of dog bite claims involving a wide range of complex injuries.
Those who are injured in a dog bite attack may be able to recover compensation for:
In Wisconsin, the dog owner is strictly liable for damages that result from a bite or attack on another person, animal, or property. If the dog owner was aware that the dog had a history of causing injuries, then the owner may be required to pay double the damages and face fines and penalties. The law also holds all dog owners, caretakers, and keepers liable for scienter (intent) and negligence.
There are instances that may limit the damages a person can recover for injuries caused by a dog. Examples include when a person is attacked while trespassing or provoking the dog.
Often, dog bite cases involve neighbors and sometimes even friends and family. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney not only helps ensure the maximum fair settlement, but it can create some degree of separation between the victim and the dog owner, who might be someone the victim knows well.
You should not have to worry about filing a claim against the dog owner because many homeowners' and rental insurance policies can cover dog bites. A Milwaukee dog bite attorney can discuss your options for compensation and what you may be entitled to recover. We have substantial experience representing clients who have been injured in dog bite attacks and other premises liability claims such as slip and falls.
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