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Dog Bite Lawyer Wisconsin


In Wisconsin, individuals who have suffered from dog bite injuries may find themselves navigating a complex legal landscape. Securing a proficient dog bite lawyer can be critical for receiving fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering incurred as a result of the incident. Lawyers specializing in this field understand the nuances of the state’s dog bite laws, including the statutes that outline owner liability and the potential for civil recourse.

Given the potential severity of injuries and the emotional trauma that can follow a dog bite, it’s crucial to engage legal counsel who not only is versed in the applicable laws but also demonstrates compassion and understanding for the victim’s situation. A proficient attorney from our firm will work diligently to ensure that victims are justly compensated for their experiences and that their rights are thoroughly protected throughout the legal process.

Understanding Wisconsin Dog Bite Laws

Wisconsin law imposes strict liability on dog owners for injuries caused by their pets. This aspect is critical for victims seeking legal restitution.

Statute and Liability

Wisconsin’s dog bite statute, WI Stat. § 174.02, imposes strict liability on dog owners. This means that the victim need not prove that the owner was somehow negligent. Under the statute, an owner is responsible for any injuries caused by their dog. Further, the victim can seek twice the amount of damages if (1) the bite broke the victim’s skin and caused permanent physical scarring or disfigurement, and (2) the owner knew that the dog had previously bitten a person. Wisconsin’s courts have interpreted the statute to allow dog owners to assert the defense of “comparative negligence,” which means that a victim’s recovery may be reduced to the extent that they were partly to blame for the dog bite. The court would determine the percentage of fault attributable to the victim and reduce their recovery by that amount. The victim would be unable to recover any damages if it was found that the victim was 51 percent at fault for the dog biting them (for example, if they provoked the dog immediately before the bite).

Victim’s Rights and Compensation

In Wisconsin, dog bite victims are entitled to pursue compensation for their injuries. Understanding their rights and the compensation process is crucial for recovery.

Calculating Damages

To determine the financial recovery, damages are calculated by considering various factors such as:

  • Medical Expenses: Bills for hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and any ongoing medical treatments.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical and emotional distress caused by the dog bite incident.
  • Lost Wages: Income lost due to the inability to work during recovery.

The process takes into account both current and potential future expenses to ensure victims receive the full amount for their injuries.

Settlement and Recovery Process

  • Initial Claim: The victim or their attorney notifies the insurance company of the incident and demands compensation.
  • Negotiation: Attorneys may engage in negotiations with insurers to reach a fair settlement. A detailed understanding of the victim’s rights is essential during this phase.
  • Resolution: If a settlement is reached, the insurance company agrees to pay an amount to cover the damages. If not, the case may proceed to court.

Victims should receive the full amount they are entitled to, which covers all financial recovery aspects from the incident.

Legal Process and Representation

When an individual is bitten by a dog in Wisconsin, they may consider seeking the expertise of a dog bite lawyer from our firm to navigate the personal injury legal process. Our specialized lawyers are well-versed in the state’s laws regarding dog attacks and assist our clients in understanding their legal rights.

Initial Consultation: Typically, the process begins with a free consultation offered by our law firm. Here, the victim details the incident, and the lawyer evaluates the merits of the case, considering the available evidence.

Investigation and Evidence Gathering: If the case proceeds, the lawyer undertakes a thorough investigation to build a strong argument. This may involve collecting medical records, eyewitness statements, and other pertinent documentation.

Filing a Lawsuit: Should negotiations with the owner’s insurance company fail, our dog bite lawyer will file a lawsuit on behalf of the victim. They will guide their client through complex legal proceedings while aiming for a favorable verdict or settlement.

Representation in Court: If the case goes to court, a lawyer from our firm provides steadfast representation, presenting the case to the judge and jury.

Throughout each phase, a dog bite lawyer maintains clear and direct communication with their client, offering a robust defense of their rights. Their ultimate goal is to secure the compensation deserved for injuries and associated costs stemming from a dog bite.

Preventive Measures and Dog Owner Responsibilities

Dog owners have a legal obligation to prevent their pets from causing harm, such as dog bites. Wisconsin law specifically requires owners to exercise ordinary care to control their animal’s behavior. This means taking reasonable steps to ensure the pet does not pose a danger to others, especially kids and individuals who might interact with the dog.

Owners should train their dogs to reduce aggression and promote safety. Socialization, obedience training, and proper care are critical. Here’s a table highlighting key responsibilities and preventive measures:

Owner ResponsibilityPreventive Measure
SupervisionNever leave pets unattended, especially around kids.
Training and SocializationEnroll dogs in obedience classes to curb aggression.
Proper CareRegular check-ups and vaccinations to maintain well-being.
Safe EnclosureAdequate fencing can prevent dogs from wandering off.

Further, owners must comply with local leash laws to prevent unexpected dog bites.

Negligence occurs when an owner fails to exhibit ordinary care, potentially leading to legal action. Therefore, understanding and implementing safety measures is crucial for any dog owner. If a dog does bite someone, the incident should be taken seriously, with immediate care provided to the victim and appropriate legal steps followed by the owner to address the situation.

This concise guide is to aid owners in fulfilling their duties and protect the public from preventable harm.

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