Wisconsin is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bite injuries. That means that in most cases, it is the dog owner who is going to be legally responsible for paying your damages if you have been bit by a dog.
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 $2,500 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 about (or should have known about).
- A penalty of $200 to $5,000 for an injury after notice of a prior injury.
Of course, your specific recovery depends on the unique injuries that you suffered.
Specific Types of Damages
There are many complications that you may suffer and many costs that you may incur after a dog bite. These damages can and should be sought after by you and your legal team. Some of the damages a dog bite victim can recover include:
- Medical bills. A dog bite can create a lot of damage that needs the attention of medical professionals. The past, present, and future medical bills relating to the dog bite injuries can be recovered.
- Lost income. A bite from a vicious dog may lead to temporary disability as you recover from your injuries. Your personal injury claim can recoup the income you would have earned if you needed time away from work to recover from your wounds.
- Out-of-pocket costs. This includes any expenses made necessary by your dog bite, such as child care, household help, or transportation.
- Pain and suffering. Dealing with everything relating to the traumatic incident can cause a lot of emotional hardship. The monetary damages incurred from the emotional distress suffered will calculated in the claim. Additionally, you may be able to recover for your physical pain.
It may have been a friend, relative, or neighbor who owns the dog that caused your injuries. We understand that it can be emotionally difficult to pursue damages against someone whom you care about. However, it is important to know that homeowner’s or renter’s insurance may cover your damages in some cases.
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 dog bite lawyer for help getting a fair and just recovery, as set forth in Wisconsin law. For more information, please contact us today at 1-800-800-5678 or start a live chat with us now.