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What To Do When A Dog Bites You

Legal Guidance For Your Dog Bite Claim

Did a dog bite you or your child? Are you wondering who will pay for the medical treatment — especially if the injuries are serious, requiring surgery?

In Wisconsin, dog bite laws hold owners strictly liable whenever their dog injures another person, regardless of who or what caused the dog to attack the victim. This means that the dog owner or his or her homeowner's insurance policy should cover your resulting medical bills and other damages.

In addition, if the dog has a history of causing injury or property damage, you may be entitled to two times your damages under Wisconsin law.

Should You File A Dog Bite Claim?

Many dog bite victims are hesitant to file dog bite lawsuits or claims because they know the dog owner. They don't want to sue a family member, neighbor or friend. However, you should not think of it this way.

People carry homeowner's and renter's insurance for a reason. Part of this is to provide for anyone who might be injured on their property. People throughout the Madison area who pay their insurance premiums should be able to actually use that insurance coverage.

If you file a dog bite claim, you are going after the insurance coverage that the dog owners carry — for this very purpose — rather than the dog owners themselves. They may be upsetting, but if your injuries are significant and expensive, you need to consider retaining an attorney.

What To Do After A Dog Bite

Dog bites cause infections, scarring, disfigurement and emotional trauma. After a dog attack, victims should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if your wound does not seem very severe, you may want to see a doctor due to the risk of infection and scarring.

Follow your medical provider's advice. If your doctor tells you to take care of your injuries in a certain way and you fail to do so, the insurance company may try to use this to limit your claim by arguing that it is your fault your injuries worsened or scarred.

As a former insurance defense lawyer, I know how to negotiate with insurance companies and achieve great results for my clients. I have obtained excellent settlements and jury verdicts for hundreds of injury victims.

To learn how to file a claim for your medical expenses and pain and suffering, give me a call at 608-347-7552 or contact me online. I offer free initial consultations to dog bite victims, and there are no upfront costs to hire me as your attorney to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. I will charge you only if I receive a settlement or verdict for you.