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Who Is Liable for Your Wisconsin Dog Bite Injuries? You May Be Surprised

It is reasonable to assume that the owner of a dog is responsible for any Milwaukee dog bite injuries. This is usually true, but there are some circumstances when other parties may share liability for Wisconsin dog bite attack. Here are a few examples:

  • A dog sitter, dog walker, kennel, or the person or agency in control of the dog. Under certain conditions, the person who is keeping or caring for a dog may be held partially or wholly liable for the dog’s actions.
  • The dog owner’s landlord. If a landlord is aware that there is a dangerous or aggressive dog living on his property, and he does not take action to protect others from the dog, he may share liability if the dog causes injury.
  • The dog owner’s parents. A parent may be held responsible for any dog bite injuries caused by a dog belonging to a child under age 18.
  • The owner of the property where the dog bite occurred. Under some circumstances, the owner of the property where the dog bite occurred may be considered to share responsibility for the Wisconsin dog attack. For example, a property owner may be found liable if he knew that there was a dangerous dog on the property and did not take precautions to prevent the dog from causing injury.
  • The dog bite victim. Yes, it is possible for a Wisconsin dog bite victim can be responsible for his own injuries. The dog bite victim could be found responsible for a dog attack if he was harming the dog at the time of the bite, or if he was trespassing or committing a crime on the dog owner’s property.

Every dog attack is unique. While Wisconsin dog bite law usually holds the owner responsible for injuries caused by a dog, there are exceptions and there may be more than one party at fault. If you have been bitten by a dog in Wisconsin, we suggest you speak with a Milwaukee dog bite attorney about your injury. To schedule a free consultation, contact Hupy & Abraham at 800-800-5678.