Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in Appleton, WI
Over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States every year according to the US Center for Disease Control. More than 800,000 people need medical attention as a result of their dog bites. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Tusler Law is here to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. We’ll handle it all, so you don’t have to.FREE CONSULTATION
What are my legal options after a dog bite injury?
There are a few options you can choose to pursue after suffering a dog bite injury. The first thing you can do is file an insurance claim with the dog owner’s insurance company. Be very careful with insurance companies – they often offer unfair settlements. You may wish to hire a dog bite injury lawyer to guide you through the process and ensure maximum insurance compensation. You can also file a lawsuit against the dog owner for any damages. To do this you will want to hire a dog bite attorney to file the suit and represent you legally.
Wisconsin dog bite laws
Wisconsin is a strict liability state for dog bites. Wisconsin statutes state that an owner of a dog is strictly liable for any damages inflicted while biting or attacking a person, domestic animal, or property. This means the owner is responsible for injuries or damages to the dog bite victims and faces large fines doubling after the first bite.
In 2019, the average cost of dog bite compensation cases in Wisconsin was $43,593. This pays for medical bills and possible psychological damage caused to the dog bite victim. Tusler Law knows the ins and outs of Wisconsin personal injury law and will work to ensure the proper financial compensation for your dog bite injury case.
Factors that determine compensation
There are a number of factors that help determine the amount of financial compensation dog bite victims receive including:
- The severity of the injury. Factors considered include scarring and disfigurement
- Area of injury
- Medical Expenses- This can include psychological counseling for emotional trauma
- Wages lost to recovery time- If a dog bite victim cannot work because of their injuries they can receive compensation for wages lost
- Degree of pain suffered
The personal injury legal process in Appleton, WI
Once you have been injured by a dog attack in Wisconsin, schedule a free consultation with Tusler Law as soon as possible to assess your situation and discuss your options. If your case looks promising and you move forward, we will begin to gather additional evidence and build the best possible strategy for your case.
Throughout the whole process, we will give you updates and stay in contact with you for additional information and details related to your case. Should the case go to court, Tusler will prepare you on how to conduct yourself in court and present your case for you. Award-winning attorney Ron W. Tusler has vast experience in personal injury law and knows how to get the results you want.
Top 10 Dogs Most Likely to Bite
Some dogs have a higher frequency of biting than others, but larger dogs biting cause more of a concern due to the severity of their bites and the damage they can cause. According to World Animal Foundation, the top 10 dogs most likely to bite are:
- Pit bulls
- German Shepherds
- Doberman Pinschers
- Bull Mastiff
- Wolf Hybrids
- Great Danes
Dog Bite Injuries and Fatalities Statistics
We help dog bite victims suffering from all types of injuries, including:
- Brain injuries and concussions
- Cuts and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Crush injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Soft tissue damage
- Loss of limbs
- Catastrophic injuries
We understand that recovering from an injury can be challenging both emotionally and physically. If you're facing difficulties and wish to obtain more information, our lawyers are ready to meet you at the hospital or your home. Contact us now to schedule a complimentary consultation and explore the options available in your case.
Fequently Asked Questions
Who is liable for a dog bite?
The dog owner is typically liable for a dog bite. In some cases, a landlord or property owner may also be held liable for a dog bite that occurs on their property.
What should I do if the dog owner's insurance company contacts me?
If the dog owner's insurance company contacts you, do not give a recorded statement or sign any documents until you have spoken with a personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies are looking out for their own interests, not yours.
What kind of damages can I recover if I am bitten by a dog?
If you are bitten by a dog, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related expenses.
What should I do after a dog bite incident?
To strengthen your case following a dog bite incident, gather evidence from the scene, obtain the owner's information, check for witnesses, seek medical attention, keep records of reports and bills, and be cautious with statements.
What is the timeframe for filing an injury claim after a dog bite incident in Wisconsin?
In Wisconsin, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after a dog attack is three years from the date of the injury, but there are exceptions that can either extend or shorten this timeframe. It is important not to delay seeking legal assistance due to these factors.