Under Wisconsin law, a dog bite victim has the right to seek damages from the owner of the dog that caused the injuries. Those damages may include both past and future medical expenses. In most situations, the dog owner's homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policy is responsible for providing compensation to the dog bite victim. However, insurance companies will try to minimize your claim and pay you as little as possible.
Know Your Rights
The medical bills that have already piled up and the ones that you are likely to incur can be costly. Your dog bite injury may require:
- Emergency surgery.
- Testing for nerve damage or other complications.
- Reconstructive surgeries.
- Physical therapy.
While it may be easy to put a specific value on the bills that you’ve already received, it is equally important to put a specific value on your future medical expenses. This will require input from your doctors and potentially other medical experts who can provide evidence about the future treatments that you will need and their expected costs.
Unfortunately, treatment for scarring, disfigurement, and other conditions can be lengthy and expensive. Accordingly, it is important to know all about your rights and to fight hard for your fair and just recovery of damages.
Just Asking for Compensation for Your Medical Bills Isn’t Enough
You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, but you should not expect the dog owner or the dog owner’s insurance company to simply hand you a check for the amount that you request. Instead, you will need to justify the value of all of your past and future medical expenses with copies of bills, information from your medical records, and expert testimony.