Dedicated Dog Bite Lawyers Serving Wisconsin Victims
You never really prepare yourself for a dog bite or attack. But even though you want to trust dog owners to take care of their pets, accidents still happen.
When something goes wrong and an encounter with a dog results in puncture wounds or another type of bodily injury, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation. You want an experienced dog bite lawyer who will make sure you have access to the immediate and long-term medical treatment you need after suffering an injury.
At Nicolet Law Office, our injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of personal injury victims across Wisconsin. We understand the rights of dog bite victims, and we will help you leverage the legal system to ensure that you have access to medical care and receive fair compensation.
We have experience in a wide range of personal injury cases, including dog bite and injury claims. When you work with us, you can rest assured we will do everything we can to help you receive the compensation you need for your physical and financial recovery.
Dog Bite Liability in Wisconsin
If someone has been attacked, hurt, or bitten by a dog, it is crucial for them to understand their rights under the law. At Nicolet Law Office, we have experience advocating for dog bite victims across the state. A successful dog bite claim can provide an individual with compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and physical rehabilitation.
All dog owners have a responsibility to prevent their pets from causing injury or harm to another person or pet. Wisconsin Statute 174.02(1) establishes that animal owners are strictly liable for injuries or damages caused by their pets. These situations can include:
- Dog bites
- Dogs running into someone, causing a slip and fall
- Dogs running into the street, causing car accidents
Because Wisconsin has a strict dog bite liability statute, the injured party in a dog bite case does not need to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner in order to receive compensation for their injuries. Furthermore, if a dog has caused injury to another person in the past, the dog owner may be responsible for twice the amount of damages sustained in the accident.
Many of our clients wonder whether filing a dog bite claim will result in the animal’s death. Thankfully, this does not usually happen. Wisconsin Statute 174.02(3) states that a court may only order a dog to be killed if the dog has caused serious injury on two separate occasions and the owner was aware of the first injury.
At Nicolet Law Office, our experienced dog bite attorneys know the ins and outs of the legal system and are committed to helping our clients secure the financial compensation they deserve.
Who Pays for a Dog Bite?
It is not uncommon for individuals to be injured by the dog of a friend, neighbor, or family member. As a result, many victims hesitate to seek legal action because they do not want to upset anyone by filing a claim. However, it is important to know that most dog bite claims are paid by a dog owner’s homeowners insurer, rather than by the owner.
At Nicolet Law Office, we understand how to navigate the legal system to make sure our clients can fully recover after an attack or accident. We have experience helping our clients receive compensation for the costs of:
- Medical treatment
- Reconstructive facial surgeries
- Physical rehabilitation
- Mental health treatment
When you trust us with your case, our top priority is ensuring that you have everything you need to rebuild your health and well-being after an accident.
Skilled Legal Representation for Dog Bite Victims
Our firm has successfully protected the rights of people who have been attacked by all types of dogs, including Dobermans, pit bulls, German shepherds, and hunting dogs. Whether your case involves being hurt by the dog of a family member or injured by the dogs of total strangers, we can pair you with an attorney who will pursue just compensation for your injuries.
Children are often the victims of dog bites, and their injuries frequently result in scarring and other long-term disfigurements. It is also common for dog bite victims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional traumas following an animal encounter.
The passionate attorneys at Nicolet Law Office understand that it is important to show the effects of post-traumatic stress and other conditions that cause pain and suffering. Otherwise, our clients may not receive the full value of their dog bite claims. It is vital to discuss your injury claim with an experienced attorney who can help you maximize the compensation you receive from a lawsuit.
Additionally, our experience has shown us that it is not uncommon for an insurance company to deny claims and stick victims with the bill. This is especially problematic when medical bills pile up and the victim is unable to work. At Nicolet Law Office, we are passionate in our pursuit of maximum compensation for our clients. We believe it is our job to make sure the court considers the lasting consequences of a victim’s injuries so that they always have access to the care they need.
Injured by a Dog? Contact Nicolet Law Office for Help
Our firm is pleased to offer free initial consultations, allowing our clients a risk-free opportunity to explore their legal options. Moreover, we represent dog bite victims on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney’s fees will come out of the settlement distribution, rather than out of pocket. Our clients won’t pay unless we win.
With eight convenient locations throughout the state, our personal injury lawyers represent people across Wisconsin. To get started, call us toll-free at 1-855-NICOLET or use our secure online form to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our lawyers.