Having a dog growling and snaring at you is a very scary situation. Not knowing whether or not the dog is going to bite can leave the bravest man shaking in his boots.
The fear of being bitten by a dog in Milwaukee is warranted as a bite can lead to serious injury and even death. In fact, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites every year in the United States, and 800,000 of those bites require medical attention.
Many victims of Wisconsin animal attacks are unaware to the fact that they can be compensated for the damages caused by the dog bite. Before seeking compensation for your dog bite in Wisconsin, it is important to determine who is liable for the attack.
Three factors for determining if someone should be held liable for the attack are:
1. History. It is important to know if the dog has a history of aggressive behavior and the keeper knew about it. If the dog has previously bit another person or acted as if it wanted to attack—and if the handler knew about this earlier incident—he may be held liable.
2. Negligence. Was the third party negligent in any way? If so, and if the negligence caused the accident to happen, then that person can be named as a liable person in a case. For instance, if the owner had a dangerous dog secured in a backyard kennel but a third person left the door open to release the dog, that third person may bear responsibility for your injuries.
3. Broken law. There are certain laws that must be obeyed by dog keepers and owners, such as leash laws, that are enacted to protect innocent citizens. If any of these laws were broken and caused the incident, that person can be held liable.
If you are the victim of a dog attack, it is important to seek legal advice from an experienced Wisconsin dog bite attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free consultation about your case.