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What if my Child is Bitten by a Dog? Can I Sue?


Madison Personal Injury Attorneys can assist if your child had been bitten by a dog

If your child has been bitten by a dog, there is a good chance that they have suffered both physical and emotional trauma.  In this case, the owner of the dog could be liable and responsible for paying their medical bills and other expenses associated with the attack.  Dog owners are strictly liable in Wisconsin under most circumstances for damage their dog causes.  The key is to work with an experienced Madison personal injury attorney that understands you and dog bite laws. Once retained, we will also evaluate the case to make initial calculations regarding the amount of financial compensation that may be owed to your child.  These are things that we can discuss during your consultation.

The Concept of Negligence

In order for your child to receive a financial settlement we must prove that the dog’s owner or keeper is strictly liable for the bite or damages.  In the case of a dog bite, this requires conducting an investigation to determine if the owner had their dog on a leash, behind a fence or secured in some manner that would prevent them from biting.  We will also look into whether or not there had been a history of the dog acting aggressively or biting in the past. Double damages are available if the dog hurt someone before.

Common Injuries from Dog Bites

Call our law firm if your child has suffered any of the following:

  • Deep cuts and abrasions
  • Scaring
  • Bruising
  • Broken bones
  • Tissue damage
  • Psychological trauma

Your Involvement as a Parent

Until your child turns eighteen, they cannot file a lawsuit.  You need to do it for them.  The parent also has a claim for medical expenses and loss of society and companionship under certain circumstances. As such, you will have an integral role in the process and have ultimate decision-making authority. This includes deciding whether or not you want to settle or take the case to court.

Schedule a Consultation with Madison Personal Injury Lawyers

If your child was bitten by a dog and suffered injuries as a result, you have the right to sue.  There is a statute of limitations on personal injury cases, making it critical that you call (608) 256-8356 and speak with a personal injury lawyer in Madison without delay.    The attorneys at Eisenberg Law Firm will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with sound legal advice and guidance.