Helping Appleton Dog Bite Victims Recover Maximum Compensation
While often referred to as “man’s best friend,” dogs are powerful animals with the potential to injure seriously. Millions of people suffer from dog attacks every year, with many victims requiring medical attention.
At Lindner Law, LLC, our personal injury team understands the significant threat that an aggressive dog poses to your health and to the health of those you love. If you were bitten by a dog in Appleton, Milwaukee or elsewhere in Wisconsin, contact our team to discuss your legal options.
Children Are Often The Victim Of Serious Dog Bites
Children are drawn to dogs. Unfortunately, this can quickly become dangerous if the dog is startled, skittish or aggressive. Due to their smaller size, a child’s face and neck are often even with the dog’s mouth. This puts them at greater risk for serious facial injuries.
Under Wisconsin law, children under the age of seven cannot be held responsible for negligence. Therefore, the dog’s owner cannot claim that the child provoked the dog into attacking. Children over the age of seven may be found at least partially responsible for the incident. Our experienced Appleton dog bite attorneys will thoroughly investigate the attack to establish fault and to help your family recover maximum compensation. Not only are these incidents physically dangerous, but they can also result in long-term emotional trauma to the child.
We have recovered damages for many Wisconsin families whose children suffered from dog bites, including a $100,000 settlement for a child who was bitten on the lip. Visit our Case Results page to read more about our cases.
Who Is Liable After An Appleton Dog Bite Injury?
In Wisconsin, a dog’s owner is strictly liable for any injuries that their dog inflicts. However, if the dog bite victim is found partially responsible for the incident, comparative negligence may act to reduce the amount of compensation that you can collect. An experienced dog bite attorney can maximize your recovery by defeating the insurance company’s comparative negligence arguments.
Wisconsin laws protect the public from dogs that are a known threat. If the owner is aware of a previous attack that resulted in permanent scarring or disfigurement, the owner is liable for two times of the victim’s full damages.
Our team has more than four decades of combined personal injury experience. We know how to conduct an in-depth investigation to strengthen your claim, including:
- Obtaining records of the dog’s past bites from government agencies
- Interviewing neighbors about the dog’s behavior and past
- Investigating whether the dog was properly tethered and restrained
- Consulting with medical professionals about the extent of your injuries
- Contesting insurance companies that may attempt to fault you for the attack
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We serve clients throughout the Fox Valley and across Wisconsin. If you are unable to travel to our office, we can travel to you.