The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that every year, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs. One in five of those victims, many of whom are children, require medical attention. In some situations, dog bites may cause several other serious health complications, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, infections, rabies, and tetanus.
The frequency of dog bites across the U.S. has prompted several states to improve dog bite laws to further promote the rights of the victim to pursue a claim against the pet owner involved. The state of Wisconsin, for instance, is a strict liability state, meaning a dog owner is held legally accountable for all the damages resulting from an animal attack. If the owner was notified or knew about their pet’s propensity to injure, they will pay double the amount of the damages incurred by the victim.
To learn more about Wisconsin’s dog bite law, and to determine if your circumstances qualify you to pursue a dog bite claim, our team of dog bite lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can look into your situation. Call us at (414) 271-0900 for a free assessment today.