Animal owners have an obligation to maintain the safety of those around them as it pertains to their pets. Leash laws, dangerous breed regulations, and other factors can have a significant impact on the extent of legal responsibility. Above all else, they need to behave reasonably in protecting people from injury. If you have been the victim of negligent pet owners or a vicious animal, Warshafsky will achieve the largest possible monetary compensation for your physical and emotional damages. Get more information on Milwaukee animal attack attorney representation.
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How to report a dog bite in Milwaukee
- Emergency? Call 911
- Non-Emergency? File a report with the Department of Neighborhood Services, (414) 286-2268
- If there are injuries involved, contact Warshafsky Law at 414-276-4970
Pet owners have an obligation to ensure their animals do not harm people or other domestic animals. When an injury is caused by breached responsibility, the animal owner and their homeowner’s insurance company are liable for explosive monetary damages.
The amount of money able to be recovered in a dog bite lawsuit is dependent upon a number of different factors, including:
- The Animal or Dog's Breed
- Its History with Biting
- Local Leash Laws
- The Degree of the Owner's Negligence
- The Extent of the Injury
As the victim in an aggressive dog biting claim, there is only one law firm equipped with the knowledge and experience needed for getting you the largest compensation possible for your injuries. Keep hospital bills under control with the help of Warshafsky Law Firm. When you're injured, it IS about the money. Make sure you win in court - contact us today!
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Determine your liability with the help of Warshafsky dog bite injury experts
If you are the victim of a dog bite or other animal-inflicted injury, you may be able to sue for damages and pain/suffering with dog bite liability claims. Even if you were attacked by a dog with an uninsured or an owner you can't find, there may be hidden sources of liability. In cases where a child or minor has been injured by a dog bite while in the care of others, you should speak with a daycare negligence lawyer right away. Wisconsin is a strict liability state, meaning the dog owner may be held liable for injuries caused whether they had prior knowledge of the dog’s dangerous behavior or not. If the dog owner is aware of previous injuries their dog caused, they may be liable for double the amount of damages.
It’s not always simple. There are additional factors in determining liability in dog bite lawsuits, such as the property where the injury occurred and comparative negligence.
What happens if a dog bite occurs on your property?
If you are not the owner of the dog, common-law liability may protect you from negligence charges, hopefully preventing a lawsuit. However, a law governing the standard of care may be a complication. Standard of care requires landowners/occupiers to keep a relatively safe environment for everyone on the premises, including keeping guests safe from possibly dangerous animals.
You may be found liable EVEN IF you fenced in your property and displayed warning signs!
Call your homeowner’s insurance as soon as possible, as some insurance companies will cover dog bites in their policy. Be aware the breed of your dog will be a factor. Some insurance companies will not cover certain breeds, such as Pit Bulls or Rottweilers. Additionally, once your insurance has defended you, they may increase your premiums, or cease coverage.
The best course of action: Whether you are the dog owner or not, your best bet is to contact an attorney and your homeowner's insurance to discuss the situation. If you received an injury, call Warshafsky Law for a free consultation and to be pointed in the right direction.
How does comparative negligence affect a lawsuit?
Comparative negligence means whoever sustained the injury is partially or fully responsible for those injuries and should, therefore, receive reduced damages, or no damages at all.
- Trespassing on the dog owner’s property, or provoking the dog may constitute proof of negligence on the victim’s behalf.
- Both parties could be considered negligent, at which point, a percentage of negligence will be assigned to each.
- If the victim is less than 50% negligent, the amount they receive in damages will be reduced by the same percentage.
- If the victim is more than 50% negligent, they will receive no compensation for damages, even if the dog owner is also negligent.
In lawsuits where dog owners have prior knowledge of their dog causing injuries, comparative negligence may alleviate them from having to pay twice the amount of damages. Even in these cases, a victim who is more than 50% negligent will receive no compensation.
The bottom line: A dog bite lawsuit may result in comparative negligence, which can be exceedingly complicated to navigate on your own. Without the help of a personal injury attorney from an experienced law firm, you risk increasing your culpability and decreasing your compensation. With Warshafsky, there’s nothing to lose: if there is no win, there is no fee. Call us for a free consultation.
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Settlement amounts in dog bite lawsuits vary significantly from case to case. The amount you receive will be largely dependent on the severity of the injuries sustained, where negligence is assigned, and the judgment given.
Minor injuries vs serious injuries
- If puncture wounds or scratches are the extent of the injuries you suffered, you may have limited influence to negotiate for compensation when it comes to pain and suffering.
- If your injuries are more severe, like physical disfigurement, it is likely you will receive a higher amount of compensation for pain and suffering. However, it is also likely your case will take longer because insurance companies and attorneys need to see how fully you will recover from your injuries before settling on an amount.
If you sustained any type of injury, minor or serious, from a dog bite or other animal-inflicted cause, call Warshafsky Law Firm for a free consultation. We will use our expertise to advise you on your next best course of action to receive the maximum settlement for your injuries.
Frequently asked questions about dog bite lawsuits
How long after a dog bite can you sue?
You have three years from the date of the injury to sue for damages.
Can you sue someone if their dog bites your dog?
Yes. If your dog sustains injuries from another dog, you can file a lawsuit.
Are dog bites covered by insurance?
Sometimes. Coverage varies with each company, but many insurance companies will cover dog bites. Factors such as the dog’s breed will influence the policy. If you’re unsure, give your insurance company a call.
What happens with a dog bite lawsuit if there is no insurance coverage?
Even if the dog owner is uninsured, there may be hidden sources of liability. The best thing you can do is call us for a consultation. Our lawyers will work to find you a solution.
How much money can you get for a dog bite?
The amount of money you can receive from a dog bite lawsuit varies from case to case. In short, the amount will depend on the severity of your injuries, and who is most at fault.
How much does a dog bite lawsuit cost?
Calling Warshafsky for a consultation is free. Additionally, if there is no win, there is no fee.
Dog Bite Reporting in Wisconsin - Who to Call?
After being bit by an animal of any kind, the victim is at risk of infection and disease. First, contact a public health official for a consultation on the injury and then immediately contact your lawyer for a consultation on your case!
Injured by dog attack: next step in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
If you were injured by a dog attack, whether it was a dog bite or other dog-inflicted injury, the personal injury lawyers at our Milwaukee firm can help you plan your next step. While we are based out of downtown Milwaukee, we draw clients from throughout Wisconsin and nationally. Call us for a free legal consultation.