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Proving Liability In Dog Bite Injury Cases

What do you do when man’s best friend proves to be dangerous? Unfortunately, while many of us enjoy dogs as pets, there are some situations in which other dogs may not be as friendly as we hope. In dog bite cases, it’s important to understand who is responsible for the injuries caused and what can happen in situations where a dog attacks a human, another animal, or a person’s property. These factors are broken down by Wisconsin Statutes section 174.02(1).

Who Is Responsible?

Wisconsin laws state that the owner of the dog is strictly liable for any of the damages that are caused by a dog bite. This includes any injuries caused to a person, domestic animal, or damage to property. The owner must properly restrain his or her dog in order to prevent attacks such as these from happening. This is especially true if the owner had prior knowledge of their dogs previous actions in which the dog caused injury.

If the dog has previously bitten a person, the owner will be liable for 2 times the full amount of the damages caused by biting another person.

In some circumstances, the liability may not fall on the owner, such as if the individual who was attacked was trespassing at the time of the bite. However, in most situations, if a person is lawfully on a property or in a public location, and a dog attacks him or her, the victim may hold the dog owner financially accountable for the monetary damages associated with the bite, including medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Proving Liability

As Wisconsin dog bite lawyers, it is our duty to show that the dog owner acted negligently in their restraint of a dog. We can work to show that the owner knew of the dog’s history of prior attacks or promoted the viciousness of the dog. It may also be shown that there were no proper restraints — such as a leash or a fence — protecting the general public from the dog.

Whatever the case may be, our team at Cannon & Dunphy S.C. is dedicated to helping injury victims seek the compensation they need. We know how difficult this time can be for someone who has been harmed, but we want to help you through it. Our goal is to secure the justice you deserve and hold the liable party responsible for his or her recklessness or negligent actions.

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Categories: Dog Bites