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You should call 911 or the police for serious dog bite injuries. The police will respond to the scene and investigate the incident. The police will also prepare an incident report. If necessary, the paramedics will also respond to the scene.
For all dog bites, you should contact the local health department (county or municipal) and/or animal control. Public health officials and/or animal control will typically verify rabies vaccination records with the owner of the dog. Even if the dog bite is minor, you should seek medical attention as a dog bite can lead to infection and serious complications.
If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to receive compensation for you injuries which includes medical expenses, future medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The dog owner may be required to pay double damages if the dog owner knew that the dog had caused injury to a person, domestic animal or property in the past.
Most often, the homeowners insurance for the dog owner will provide coverage for the dog bite injuries. Some dog owners carry additional insurance to cover their pets. In some cases, the dog owner's personal assets may be used to compensate a dog bite victim.
While Wisconsin law typically holds the dog owner responsible, there may be exceptions or more than one party responsible for a dog bite injury. At certain times, the keeper or person caring for the dog may be held liable for the actions of the dog.
In Wisconsin, dog bite victims generally have three years to file a lawsuit against the owner of the dog responsible for their injuries. It is critical to begin investigating and collecting evidence, witness testimony and medical records as soon as possible to preserve your claim. Contact a Wisconsin dog bite attorney today.