Dog bites are one of the most common forms of injury caused by animals. In fact, pet dogs bite about 4.7 million people every year. Too often these attacks are caused by neglectful owners who do not keep their dogs on leashes or properly confined in their yards.
Wisconsin state law holds dog owners responsible for any damages caused by their pets. If they have not received prior warning or notice about their dog’s behavior, they will be responsible for all damages caused to a person or property by their pet. If they have already received notice once, they will be held responsible for twice the full damages caused by their pet. If you or a loved one have been injured by a negligent owner’s dog, you could be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering – even any therapy required if you or your children are traumatized. An animal attack is a deeply frightening and dangerous experience that should never be taken lightly.
The owner of a dog is not legally responsible for any injuries if the injured person was trespassing or provoking the dog at the time of the incident. However, there are no other excuses for the owners of violent dogs. They are held fully responsible for any pain their pets may cause.