We Advocate for Dog Bite Victims
Under Wisconsin state law, dog and animal owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their pets. In cases where a dog has a known, previous history of biting and injuring others, the owner may be required to pay double any damages awarded for injuries caused to people or other animals. The personal injury lawyers at Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., represent victims of dog and animal bites, recovering damages for the physical injuries and emotional trauma that accompany vicious attacks - especially when children are involved. We regularly consult medical experts and economists to determine costs associated with medical treatments, future reconstructive surgery, disability, and any lost wages.
Due to questions of evidence and the statute of limitations, it's important to discuss your case with a lawyer as soon as possible after an animal attack. If you have questions about your case and the legal options available to you, contact Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., today and schedule your free consultation.
The personal injury attorneys at Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., represent clients suffering from the following injuries due to a dog bite or animal attack:
- Severe lacerations to the face
- Turn ligaments
- Loss of an eye
- Serious infection
- Wrongful death
- Severe emotional trauma
Animal Attacks: Who's Responsible - Understanding Strict Liability
The concept of "strict liability" typically refers to liability associated with owning or possessing dangerous materials or items. Certain items like explosives, toxins, and firearms pose a threat to others by virtue of the kind of things they are. In many cases, those owning dangerous items are liable for injuries they cause - regardless of whether negligence is involved - simply for owning them in the first place.
In the state of Wisconsin, dogs and other animals are treated as inherently dangerous on some level: owning an exotic snake, poisonous Asian centipede, or pit bull makes their owner "strictly liable" for any injuries that occur involving their pet. While the court may make an exception in a case where a dog or animal was intentionally provoked or teased, generally speaking, an owner is liable for any injury their dog causes. This general liability even includes a situation where a child is attacked trying to pet a confined dog over or through a secure fence.
Need Additional Information?
Contact Aiken & Scoptur. S.C.
If you have additional questions regarding a dog or animal attack, contact the animal bite attorneys at Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., today. We will evaluate your case in light of current law regarding animal attacks and determine how best to proceed.
Our personal injury attorneys serve clients throughout Wisconsin including Portage, Wautoma, Elkhorn, Stevens Point, Rhinelander, Merrill, Mauston, Dodgeville, Menomonie, Delavan, Eau Claire, Appleton, Kenosha, La Crosse, and Racine.