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  • Can a Wisconsin dog bite victim recover damages for pain and suffering?

    Both children and adults can suffer greatly due to a dog attack

    Most Wisconsin dog bite victims suffer more than physical injuries from a dog attack, and Wisconsin law allows those who experience pain and suffering to recover compensation for these injuries.

    Signs of Emotional or Psychological Injury After a Dog Bite Attack in Wisconsin

    You may be experiencing emotional suffering if you have:

    • Unusual or excessive fear.
    • Anxiety.
    • Depression.
    • Sleep disturbances.
    • Nightmares.
    • Flashbacks.
    • Feelings of helplessness.
    • Withdrawal from loved ones and favorite activities.
    • Feelings of intense anger or rage.

    Children who have been bitten by dogs may experience the same types of emotional suffering, or they may have:

    • Excessive crying.
    • Unusual clinginess.
    • Regression to out-grown behaviors, including bedwetting or thumb-sucking.
    • Difficulty sleeping.
    • Fearful behavior.
    • Tantrums.

    If you or your child experiences any symptoms of psychological or emotional injury after a Wisconsin dog bite, then it is important to talk to a doctor. A dog bite is an extremely traumatic event, and your symptoms are the natural response as your brain tries to deal with the horror you experienced. You can get help. Asking for help does not make you weak.

    And Fighting for Fair Damages Can Make You Strong

    Your lawyer can help you gather the necessary evidence and make convincing arguments for your full recovery of damages for your non-economic injuries such as physical pain and emotional suffering. The money that you recover for these injuries can help you afford the care and accommodations that you need to heal and recover as fully as possible.

    If you were injured in a Wisconsin dog bite attack, our experienced dog bite lawyers can help you hold the dog owner liable for all your injuries. However, your time to take action is limited so it is important that you learn about your rights and take the necessary steps to protect your dog bite recovery now. To learn more, contact Hupy & Abraham at 1-800-800-5678. The initial consultation is always free.

  • How long do I have to file a dog bite injury case in Wisconsin?

    State law limits the amount of time you have to file a dog bite lawsuit

    Time is limited for you to file a lawsuit for your dog bite injury. If you fail to file your case by this deadline, then the defense will make a motion for the court to dismiss your case, the court will grant that motion, and you will be unable to recover damages. Thus, you need to know when your time to file a case—or statute of limitations—expires.

    Wisconsin Statute of Limitations for Dog Bites

    Generally, the Wisconsin statute of limitations for dog bite injuries is three years from the date of the dog bite. That means that in most cases you have three years from the date on which you were bitten to formally file a legal lawsuit, but it does not mean that you should wait three years to contact an attorney or pursue your legal claim.

    It also does not mean that there aren’t exceptions to the general rule. The most important exception to the three-year statute of limitations for Wisconsin dog bite injuries is for children. Children who suffer dog bites when they are under the age of 18 have an extended statute of limitations. In most cases, the statute of limitations is extended for two years after their 18th birthday.

    While the statute of limitations allows you a generous amount of time to file your claim, that does not mean that you should wait. By contacting an attorney as soon as possible, you not only make sure that you act before the statute of limitations expires, but you may also be in a better position to preserve evidence and you may be able to recover damages sooner.

    Parents of minors who have been hurt, and those adults who have themselves been injured, should contact an experienced dog bite lawyer as soon as possible after a dog bite injury. For more information about how Wisconsin dog bite cases work generally and about your own recovery specifically, please call us any time—24/7—at 1-800-800-5678.

  • I recently adopted an adult dog that had not been socialized as a puppy. I don’t want him to be the cause of a Milwaukee dog bite. Is it too late to socialize him?

    Many dog bites in Milwaukee are a result of how the dog was treated as a puppy and into adult hood. The actions of its owner, other animals, and strangers can either make the dog loving and gentle or difficult and unruly. That is why it is important to start the socialization process from a young age.

    There are instances where a dog grows up and is not properly socialized. Sometimes adult dogs are rescued and adopted from unfortunate situations. For these dogs, it is not too late. They may take a little more time, patience and love to become properly socialized, but it can be done.

    Some tips for socializing your adult dog are:

    • Use treats. Dogs love to be rewarded by having treats. Be sure to have plenty of treats during all of your socialization events. Reward-based methods are one of the best training methods for aggressive or fearful dogs.
    • Take it slowly. Don’t overwhelm your dog by trying to present too much too quickly. Start by inviting a few friends over, preferably ones who have dog experience, and let your dog warm up to them. Be sure to keep him on a leash. Feed him dog treats until he is relaxed around them.
    • Let him watch. Take the dog to a place where he can watch other dogs from afar. Feed him treats as long as the other dogs are in sight. Repeat this process as you get closer and closer to other dogs.
    • Stay calm and positive. It is important for you dog to see that you are having a good time with him. If the dog barks or growls, try not to react by yanking on the leash. This will actual teach your dog to be aggressive himself.

    By socializing your dog you may prevent him from being the cause of a dog bite in Wisconsin. If you have been bitten by a dog yourself, it is important that you speak with a Wisconsin dog bite attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free consultation.

  • What is blood poisoning, and how can a Wisconsin dog bite cause blood poisoning?

    Blood poisoning is another word for bacteremia, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that results from the presence of bacteria in the blood. It is a serious illness that can result in organ failure and even death.

    Untreated bacteremia can lead to sepsis. Sepsis occurs when the immune system overreacts and has an inflammatory response to an infection. The inflammation causes microscopic clots to form in the blood. These clots can prevent blood from reaching essential organs, including the liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, or brain. Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires hospitalization. If sepsis is allowed to progress, a patient’s blood pressure will drop causing, “septic shock.” Septic shock can lead to multiple organ failure, and even death.

    Blood poisoning can easily follow after a Wisconsin dog bite injury. Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s mouth is not cleaner than a human mouth. A healthy dog’s mouth contains more than 600 species of bacteria. When a dog bites a person, those bacteria are transferred through the bite into the bite victim’s blood stream. The blood can spread the infection throughout the body. 

    Sepsis from a dog bite is a risk even if the dog bite is minor. It is important that all Wisconsin dog bite victims know the signs of bacteremia and sepsis.

    Signs of bacteremia:

    • Sudden fever
    • Chills
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Rapid heart rate

    Symptoms of sepsis:

    • Fever above 101.3 degrees F
    • Body temperature below 95 degrees F
    • Rapid heart beat
    • Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
    • Warm skin and possible marbled-looking skin rash
    • Mottled skin
    • Weakness
    • Signs of infection

    Do you have additional questions about your own Wisconsin dog bite injury? Contact the Green Bay dog bite attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • My child was bitten by a dog in Green Bay that had it's rabies shot, but later the bite became infected. Our doctor said she caught a MRSA infection from the bite. Is that possible?

    Rabies is not the only fatal disease that can be transmitted through Wisconsin dog bites. According to the 2009 study, Bite-Related and Septic Syndromes Caused by Cats and Dogs, bites and scratches from both dogs and cats have the potential transmit potentially fatal MRSA infections.

    According to the authors of the study, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections from pet bites are increasing. This is because MRSA is easily transmitted from humans to dogs and from dogs to humans, so as MRSA becomes more common in humans, it is also becoming more common in pets.

    Most staph infections are easily treated; however, the antibiotic-resistant strain of staph bacteria that causes MRSA is very difficult to treat. About ten percent of dogs carrying staph bacteria carry the MRSA strain. A MRSA skin infection can be passed from a dog to a human through any type of skin to skin contact, especially if the skin is broken from a bite or scratch.

    As a skin infection, signs of MRSA include small red bumps or pimples that can quickly become fluid-filled abscesses that must be surgically drained. When MRSA from a dog bite infects the blood stream, the bacteria can cause fatal infections in the bones, joints, heart and lungs. 

    Dog bites pose a risk of many types of infection, not just MRSA. After any Wisconsin dog bite, it is important to get immediate medical care in order to prevent all types of infection.

    Dog owners are responsible for making sure that their pets don’t pose a danger to the public. If you or your loved one suffered a dog bite in Wisconsin, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and other expenses related to your injury. To learn more, contact the Green Bay dog bite attorneys at Hupy and Abraham by calling 800-800-5678.

  • I witnessed a dog bite in Illinois. How can I assure my dog won’t do this?

    The fact of the matter is that there is no way you can guarantee that your dog won’t bite a person or another dog. Dogs are animals and will sometimes act on their instinct, which sometimes is to bite. Just because a dog bites does not necessarily mean he is a bad dog, or that you should get rid of him.

    Although there is no way to guarantee that your dog won’t bite, you can—and should—do your best to train him not to bite. You can teach and train your dog to be well behaved and not react to situations by biting in a number of ways. The best way to prevent a Gurnee dog bite is by taking the following precautions:

    • Socialize your pet. A well-socialized puppy is far less likely to be fearful of new situations. The lack of fear in your puppy will lead to a decrease in the likelihood of aggression. When a puppy is young, and as he grows, he should be exposed to as many new places, people, and situations as possible.
    • Spay or neuter your dog. Studies have shown that a dog that has been spayed or neutered is less likely to become aggressive. A less aggressive dog is not as prone to biting as an aggressive dog.
    • Use obedience training. A dog that is obedient is much easier to control. Teach the dog basic commands that will keep him focused on you during stressful situations or situations in which he may be scared.

    If you or a loved one has been a victim of an Illinois dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation. A Gurnee dog bite lawyer at Hupy and Abraham will be able to guide you through the settlement process. For a free case evaluation, call 866-625-2299 today.

  • I love dogs, even though one recently bit me. Am I responsible for the death of my neighbor’s dog if the dog is put to sleep after biting me in Milwaukee?

    No. While our Milwaukee dog bite injury lawyers appreciate your concern for the life of the animal that bit you and caused you to suffer an injury, the decision about whether the dog will be allowed to live is not one that you will make in most cases.

    Typically, if the dog survives the situation in which you were bit, any decision about whether the dog should be put to sleep is made in court. Section 174.02 of the Wisconsin Statutes allows the state or a municipality to bring a civil action in court if the state or municipality believes that the dog should be put to sleep after a dog bite injury in Wisconsin. A court may grant an order allowing the dog to be killed only if it finds that: (1) The dog caused serious injury to a person or domestic animal on two separate occasions off the owner’s property, without reasonable cause; and (2) the owner of the dog was notified or knew—prior to the second injury—that the dog caused the first injury.

    Thus, the decision is not yours to make. However, you do have other important decisions to make after a Milwaukee dog bite injury. Those decisions include where to get medical care and whether to pursue a civil action for damages. In most cases, damages may be available from your neighbor’s insurance company. For more information, please contact an experienced Milwaukee dog bite attorney today at 1-800-800-5678 or 1-414-223-4800.

  • I was bitten by a dog while in Wausau to visit a friend. Do I need to see a doctor?

    There are several factors that determine whether a person should seek medical attention after a Wisconsin dog bite. Our Wausau injury attorneys suggest seeking medical attention if any of the following conditions apply:

    • The person who was bitten is a child.
    • The skin is broken.
    • There is pain at or near the location of the bite. This indicates that structures under the skin may be damaged. Serious injuries are possible even if the skin is not broken.
    • The dog is a stray, or the owner of the dog cannot be found.
    • The dog has not been vaccinated for rabies or the dog’s vaccination status is unknown.
    • It has been more than ten years since your last booster shot.

    The doctor will clean the wound and, if needed, will treat the damage to the skin and the underlying muscle, nerve or bone. If appropriate, he will prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection and administer tetanus and rabies vaccines. He will write referrals to specialists who can provide further treatment.

    If the skin is not disturbed and there is no lasting pain at the site, wash the wound thoroughly. If you choose not to seek medical attention, watch for signs of infection, including: redness, warmth, pain, swelling, discoloration, or drainage of fluid. If there are any signs of infection, call the doctor right away.

    A dog bite is a serious injury. When in doubt get medical attention.

    Worried about paying your medical bills? The Wisconsin personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham help victims of dog bites in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa get fair compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses related to the dog bite. The dog bite is not your fault and you shouldn’t have to pay. To learn more, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • My daughter was bitten by a dog in Appleton. Will she need to get shots to prevent rabies?

    When a child is bitten by a dog, it is a good idea to seek medical attention. The doctor will be able to clean the bite and will determine if your daughter needs antibiotics or vaccines. There are two types of vaccines that are commonly administered after a Wisconsin dog bite.

    Tetanus Vaccine

    Tetanus, or lockjaw, is a type of infection that is caused by the bacteria, Clostridium tetani. C. tetani is found in soil, in dust, and virtually everywhere. In the body, C. tetani produces a toxic substance that affects the brain and the nervous system. The most common symptom is stiff jaw muscles, but other muscles can also be affected. Severe tetanus infections can cause severe muscle spasms and serious breathing problems. Tetanus is often fatal.

    If your child has had at least four doses of the DTaP vaccine and the last shot was within five years, your child will not need another dose of DTaP. If your child has had had three or fewer doses of DTaP, or it has been more than five years since the last dose, she will need a tetanus booster shot. Side effects are rare and may include fever, redness, soreness, and swelling.

    Rabies Vaccine

    Most dogs in the United States are vaccinated against rabies, so rabies is not normally a concern. However, if your child is bitten by a dog and you are not sure if the dog has had a rabies vaccine, you should contact your pediatrician. If the dog has not been vaccinated or cannot be identified, your child will need to receive a Rabies Immune Globulin and a rabies vaccine within 48 hours of being bitten. Additional doses will be needed if the dog tests positive for rabies.

    Rabies is a serious disease that affects the nervous system. People infected with rabies may behave oddly, act hostile, experience hallucinations, and suffer drooling, muscle spasms, convulsions, and loss of muscle function. Rabies is often fatal. Although rabies shots are painful, there are few side effects.

    No child should have to suffer from a dog bite or from the painful aftermath. If your child was bitten by a dog in Wisconsin, our Appleton injury lawyers can help you get accountability. Contact Hupy and Abraham at (800) 800-5678 to learn more.

  • What are some Wisconsin dog bite statistics?

    Wisconsin residents love their furry four-legged friends. Dogs tend to become more then pets—almost like family members. They are companions and friends. They are loyal, loving, and obedient. This is the case for most of the dog owners in Wisconsin.

    There are certain times when dogs break from their usual temperaments and bite. Whether the dog is a stranger, stray, old, or a family pet, a bite should not be taken lightly. Dog bites can be serious. Often, infection sets in after a dog bite.

    Dog bite statistics show some interesting facts. Some of the statistics relating to dog bites in Wisconsin are:

    • Most commonly bitten. Children between the ages of five and nine are the most frequent dog bite victims. Children are also more likely than adults to be injured by a dog bite. This is most likely due to the fact that children don’t know how to fend off an attack.
    • Number of bites. In the United States, there are an estimated 4.7 million dog bites every year. Over 800,000 of these bites resulted in the victim requiring medical treatment. Seventy one percent of dog bites occur to the limbs (arms, legs, hands and feet).
    • Fatalities. Approximately 92 percent of fatal dog attacks involve male dogs. Of the 92 percent, 94 percent were not neutered. Chained dogs are involved in 25 percent of fatal dog attacks.

    Have you been bitten by a dog? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Wisconsin dog bite lawyer at Hupy and Abraham to find out your legal options. Call 800-800-5678 for a free case evaluation.