A dog bite injury can cause serious physical and emotional trauma, even causing life-altering scars and disfigurement. And when the victim is a child, a dog attack can be especially devastating, with long-term effects. If the dog isn't found right away, victims must undergo costly and painful rabies treatments. In Wisconsin, a dog owner is held strictly liable for the damages caused by the dog to a person, domestic animal or property. And if the owner knew that the dog had attacked anyone previously, the law provides for double damages. If the owner has a home, their homeowner's insurance company is often named in the claim.
Of course, animal attacks are not limited to dogs. Many people in Wisconsin own snakes, reptiles, domesticated wild animals and other exotic pets. The recent high-profile case in Connecticut involving a horrific, disfiguring and disabling attack by a "tame" chimpanzee points up the dangers inherent in keeping an exotic animal. If you are the victim of a dog bite injury or an attack, mauling or bite of any animal owned by a person or company, you are entitled to be compensated for your pain, suffering, medical care, future reconstructive surgery, disability and lost wages.
Cabaniss Law has successfully achieved settlements for numerous victims of dog bite injuries. Recently, John C. Cabaniss obtained a $67,000 settlement against a company whose guard dog bit a 4-year-old boy when he was taken to the company's premises by a babysitter without his parents' knowledge.