You recently learned how much a dog bite could hurt you physically—and financially.
As your doctors work to fix your physical injuries, you may wonder how you are going to pay for your medical expenses, lost income, and other expenses. Who will compensate you for your dog bite injuries in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin Law Makes Dog Owners Liable for Dog Bite Injuries
Wisconsin is a strict liability state. That means that in most cases, it is the dog owner who is going to pay be legally responsible for paying your damages. According to Wisconsin Statutes section 174.02, Wisconsin dog bite damages may include:
- Full damages for injuries caused to a person, domestic animal, or property if this was the first time that the dog caused an injury.
- Two times the full amount of damages if the dog had previously injured a person, domestic animal, or property. Double damages only apply if the dog owner was notified that the dog had previously caused an injury or knew of the previous injury.
- A penalty of $50 to $500 for an injury without notice. An injury without notice is either the first injury caused by the dog or the first injury that the owner knew, or should have known, about.
- A penalty of $200 to $1,000 for an injury after notice of a prior injury.
Contact a Milwaukee Dog Bite Injury Lawyer for Help Getting the Damages You Deserve
If you have suffered a dog bite or injury in Wisconsin, then it is important to contact an experienced Milwaukee dog bite injury attorney for help getting a fair and just recovery, as set forth in statute. For more information, please call our Milwaukee personal injury law firm today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.