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  • My neighbor’s dog killed my dog in front of my children. Thankfully, my children were not physically injured. Our dog was a beloved member of our family. Can we recover for the loss to our family? Should I contact an Iowa dog bite lawyer?

    We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved pet, and we are sorry that your children had to witness the loss. This must be a difficult time for your family as you grieve the loss of your pet.

    The Iowa dog bite statute allows dog owners to recover damages if another “dog is caught in the action of worrying, maiming, or killing a domestic animal.” Since your children saw the dog killing their dog, then you might have a legal case, and you may be able to recover damages for the loss that you have sustained.

    Your actual recovery may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to: vet bills incurred as a result of the accident, burial or death expenses, the value of the dog, and the emotional loss to your family.

    You can learn more about your legal rights and potential recovery by contacting an experienced Quad Cities dog bite lawyer today for a free consultation. Our dog bite attorneys welcome your call at 800-800-5678 or your contact via this website. We also encourage you to download a FREE copy of our Dog Bite Brochure to learn more about your rights and possible recovery after the tragic loss of your animal companion.

  • Why doesn’t Iowa just ban dangerous dog breeds such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers so that children don’t suffer from dog bites? I don’t want anyone else to suffer the way my family has from my child’s recent dog bite injury.

    Certain dog breeds, such as Pit Bulls and Rotties, have reputations as being dangerous. If you, or your child, have been bit by one of these dogs then you likely have questions about why the state of Iowa doesn’t just ban certain dog breeds that are thought to be dangerous.

    According to the American Humane Association (AHA), this type of breed specific legislation can be dangerous. For example, when well-meaning communities ban certain types of dogs it could lead to a black market for these animals. The black market may mean that the animals are bred and raised in difficult conditions that make them more likely to be aggressive later. Instead, the AHA believes that communities can reduce dog bites from Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and other breeds by:

    • Promoting responsible breeding and dog ownership.
    • Encouraging public education.
    • Enforcing local dog laws that are already on the books.

    Our Iowa dog bite attorneys understand that you want to protect your family and others from similar accidents in the future. We also understand that you want to get a fair recovery for you, or your loved one, after an injury. For more information we encourage you to contact an experienced Iowa dog bite lawyer at 515-984-0091 and to read our Dog Bites Brochure which is available for FREE on our website or by postal mail on request.

  • My little boy was bit by a dog in Milwaukee and I’m scared. How common is it to die from a dog bite injury?

    We are sorry to hear about your son’s injuries. It can be very scary to see your child in so much pain and to wonder what your child’s future may be like after a dog bite injury in Milwaukee or elsewhere in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa or the United States.

    In the vast majority of cases, people survive dog bite injuries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. About 800,000 of those people seek medical treatment and about 16 of those people die from their dog bite related injuries. In other words, about 0.00034 percent of dog bite injury victims die from their injuries.

    While the odds of dying from a dog bite injury are low, that does not mean that your child isn’t suffering or that your child doesn’t need help. Your child’s injuries may be significant and may have a profound impact on his current life and future. He may, for example, be in pain and need one or more surgeries to recover from his dog attack.

    Accordingly, it is important to find out more about your child’s legal rights and possible recovery by contacting an experienced Milwaukee dog bite injury lawyer today at (414) 223-4800 or (800) 800-5678. We also encourage you to learn more by reading our Dog Bites Brochure, which is available for FREE on our website.

  • The dog that bit me left an open and painful wound. As I was getting treatment I got a call that the dog that bit me had rabies. Could that affect my Iowa dog bite recovery?

    Yes. That news could affect both your physical and legal recoveries. You should speak to your doctor immediately about the treatments that you might require if you have been exposed to rabies.

    When you are physically and emotionally ready to consider your legal and financial recovery, it is also important to talk to your Cedar Rapids dog attack lawyer about how the rabies may affect your legal recovery. Generally, Iowa law allows you to recover full damages even if the dog was suffering from a rabies attack at the time of your bite if:

    • The dog owner had reasonable grounds to know that the dog was sick; and
    • The dog owner could have prevented your injury with reasonable effort.

    If the dog owner could not reasonably have known that his or her dog had rabies or prevented your dog bite or dog attack injury, then the dog owner—and his or her insurer—may not be liable.

    Thus, it is important that you contact an experienced Cedar Rapids dog bite lawyer if you know, or suspect, that the dog that bit you had rabies. It could affect the outcome of your case. We encourage you to contact our Cedar Rapids dog bite attorneys today at 1-800-800-5678 and to read our FREE dog bites brochure to learn more about your rights and possible recovery.

  • My daughter was bitten by a dog in Cedar Rapids. Her injuries have healed, but she has a significant amount of scarring. How are dog bite scars treated?

    Dog bites do more than cut tear skin. They may destroy layers of fat and tissue. They may even crush bone. Because the damage is irregular, even minor dog bites can cause serious scarring. Once a scar forms, it is permanent.

    Scars affect more than appearance. They can impact the way the skin moves and the way it functions. In some cases, scar damage to the skin also affects the movement of the muscles and tendons below the injury.

    There are two major types of scars that result from Iowa dog bites:

    • Keloid scars: Keloid scars are produced when the skin makes too much collagen in response to an injury. The extra collagen produces a skin growth on the injury site.
    • Hypertrophic scars: A hypertrophic scar can be recognized as a flat, thick, raised texture at the site of the injury.

    Dog bites may also affect the underlying fat, bone, and muscle. This can cause a change in the shape of the face.

    Reconstructive plastic surgeons use a variety of treatments to minimize or disguise scars. Some options for Iowa dog bite scar treatment include:

    • Skin flaps. Scar tissue is surgically removed from the dog bite injury. The area is then covered with skin flap made of healthy, unscarred skin.
    • Skin grafts. Scar tissue is surgically removed. The tissue is replaced with healthy tissue from another part of the patient’s body.
    • Fat grafting. Fat grafting is used to fill in indentations in the tissue underlying a dog bite scar.
    • Z-plasty. The dog bite scar is surgically moved to a less conspicuous area of the body.
    • Dermabrasion, laser treatment, and chemical peels. The upper layers of the skin are removed to lighten a scar or make a scar less prominent.
    • Steroid injections. Steroid injections may help reduce the size of both keloid and hypertrophic scars.

    Scar removal can be expensive, but as an Iowa dog bite victim, you should not have to pay this expense. Our Cedar Rapids dog bite lawyers fight to hold dog owners responsible for the injuries caused by their dog. To schedule a free consultation, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. Just for calling, we will send you a FREE copy of our new dog bites brochure, without obligation.

  • My neighbor’s small white yappy dog jumped up and bit my toddler on the face. I’m not sure about the specific breed of the dog, but I know it wasn’t a Pit Bull or Rottweiler. Does the breed matter? Should I contact a Cedar Rapids dog bite lawyer?

    We are so sorry to hear that your toddler was hurt. It can be incredibly frightening to see your child in so much pain. As you know all too well, any breed of dog can bite and cause injury to a child. Danger is, unfortunately, not limited to the breeds of dog that most often make the news for being dangerous.

    Accordingly, the law makes no distinctions between dog breeds. Whether your child has been hurt by a Toy Poodle or a Pit Bull, a Bichon Frise or a Rottie, your child has the same legal rights to recovery. Those rights may include compensation for past and future medical costs, pain, suffering, out of pocket costs and other damages. The specific amount of damages that your child may recover depends on many factors including:

    • The child’s specific injuries.
    • Whether the dog was violent prior to the child’s injury.
    • The state in which the child was injured.

    Do not let the fact that your child was bit by a cute little dog prevent him from recovering the same damages that he would recover if a breed that is known to be more aggressive hurt him. Instead, contact an experienced Cedar Rapids dog bite lawyer today to find out more about your rights. You can reach one of our personal injury lawyers today via this website or by calling 1-800-800-5678.

  • I was recently the victim of a dog bite in Milwaukee and am concerned about rabies. How do I know if the dog was infected?

    It is very common for a dog bite victim in Wisconsin to become worried about infections after the attack. One of the most talked about infections that can be transmitted through a dog bite is rabies. Some studies estimate that as much as 97 percent of rabies infections in the United States are transmitted through a dog bite.

    Rabies is a serious infection that is only treatable before the infection sets in. Knowing whether or not the dog is infected with rabies will help you decide what action to take after being bitten.

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to determine whether or not the dog that bit you was infected with rabies at the time. To determine whether the dog that bit you is infected with rabies you can:

    • Look for symptoms. Dogs that have rabies may have certain symptoms of the disease. You should be concerned if you have noticed any behavior or temperament changes in the last few days to months before the bite.
    • Check the dog’s vaccination record. If the dog is not your dog, it is important to find out whether or not the dog has received its rabies vaccinations. Demand that the owner of the dog show you vaccination records to be sure.
    • Test the dog. The dog can be tested for rabies. A veterinarian can take samples of the dog’s saliva or spinal fluid to test it for rabies. These methods are fairly accurate but not perfect. The only sure way to determine if the dog has rabies is to check the brain tissue, which requires sacrificing the animal.

    Dog bite victims are often entitled to compensation to recover damages incurred due to the bite. To determine if you have a possible case, contact a Milwaukee dog bite lawyer at Hupy and Abraham. Call us at 800-800-5678 to schedule a free consultation.

  • I was hurt by a dog in Milwaukee, but the dog never actually bit me. Should I still contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney?

    Yes. If you have been injured by the actions of a dog in Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois, then you should contact our experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyers. You may be able to recover damages if a dog:

    • Mauled you.
    • Scratched you.
    • Jumped on you and caused you to fall.
    • Otherwise hurt you.

    Of course, the mauling, scratching, jumping, or other action must have resulted in a personal injury in order for you to have a possible lawsuit. You may be able to recover damages if a dog has directly caused your injury and you have suffered medical or emotional trauma resulting in:

    • Unpaid medical bills, surgical bills or rehabilitation costs.
    • Time away from school or work.
    • Other physical or financial damages.

    Dog owners—and dog owners’ insurance companies—may see things differently and may not understand their responsibilities to provide you with fair and just compensation for your injuries. Accordingly, we encourage you to contact the Milwaukee dog injury lawyers who will fight hard to get you the results that you deserve.

    For more information and to schedule a free and confidential consultation, please contact us via this website or by calling 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800. Calling a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer does not create any obligation to bring a lawsuit, but it will allow you to learn all about your rights and possible recovery so that you can make an informed decision about your future.

  • How are Wisconsin dog bite cases similar to other personal injury claims?

    Wisconsin dog attack cases are both similar and different from other personal injury cases that involve serious injury. Here is a list of characteristics common to all personal injury cases, including dog bites, car accidents, and slip and fall injuries:

    • There may be property damage.
    • There is an injury.
    • The injury could have been prevented.
    • The injury was caused by the negligence or reckless action of a person or entity.
    • The injury may be minor, or it may be serious or even life-threatening.
    • The injury may cause pain and discomfort. The pain may be minor or extreme. The pain may be long-lasting or permanent and may require medical treatment.
    • The injury itself may require medical care.
    • The injury may or may not cause long-term disability.
    • There may be permanent or temporary scarring.
    • The injury may require the victim to miss work and lose income.
    • The injury may leave the victim permanently unable to work, causing a loss of future earning potential.
    • The victim may develop anxiety as a result of the incident or injuries.
    • The victim may require mental health counseling as a result of the incident or injuries.
    • The victim’s injuries may leave him unable to participate in the hobbies or other activities that he enjoyed before the accident.
    • The victim’s spouse, children, and family members may be negatively impacted by the incident, both financially and emotionally.
    • A spouse may lose companionships and consortium.
    • Children may lose guidance and care.
    • The victim and family have a right to seek damages from the party responsible for the injury.
    • Damages may include compensation for property damage, past and future medical care, disfigurement or disability, lost income, lost earning potential, mental health counseling, pain and suffering and loss of support to the family.

    While dog bites cases share similarities with other Wisconsin personal injury cases, they are also unique. An experienced Milwaukee dog bite attorney will use Wisconsin dog bite law to ensure that you and your family get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about Wisconsin dog bite claims or to schedule a free consultation, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • How are Wisconsin dog bite and dog attack cases different from other personal injury cases?

    While Wisconsin dog bite cases have many similarities to other personal injury cases, they are also unique. For this reason, it is important to hire an attorney who has experience with Wisconsin dog bite claims similar to yours.

    Here are several ways in which Wisconsin dog bite cases are different from other personal injury cases:

    • Wisconsin dog bites can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement. A visible scar is more than an injury. People tend to judge others based on appearance. A scar can affect the dog bite victim’s ability to make friends, enjoy social relationships and even hold a job. A scar can even affect the victim’s self-esteem. A visible scar matters, and the victim should be compensated for the effect the scar has on his life.
    • A dog bite is a traumatic incident. Many dog bite victims suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, nightmares, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A Wisconsin dog bite victim may never again feel safe around dogs.
    • You may be eligible for punitive damages for your Wisconsin dog bite case. A dog bite owner who purposely allows a dangerous dog to run loose may have to pay punitive damages. These damages are paid to the victim, but serve as punishment to the negligent party rather than compensation for the victim’s losses.
    • If a dog involved in a Wisconsin dog attack has bitten before, the owner may have to pay double damages.
    • Judges and jury members may have strong opinions about dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners.

    An experienced Milwaukee dog bite attorney will investigate every aspect of your Wisconsin dog bite claim and make sure that those responsible for your injury are held accountable. To learn more—or to schedule a free and confidential consultation—contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.