Most dogs bring a lot of joy to their owners and all kinds of people in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, when dogs bite someone, these attacks can lead to traumatic injury. Dog bites can lead to expensive medical treatment, disfiguring scarring and emotional anguish, and the victims are often children. Dog bites are one of the top reasons people file personal injury lawsuits.
Recently, a personal injury lawsuit over a dog attack ended with a settlement of more than $1.1 million.
The lawsuit stemmed from an incident in 2011 when a 120-pound Bullmastiff escaped from an enclosure and attacked a group of teenagers. The huge dog grabbed a 15-year-old boy in its jaws and it took 10 minutes before a neighbor could free him. Only after the neighbor put a lit cigarette into the dog's nose did it release the boy.
The boy suffered injuries to his scalp, shoulder, right arm and thigh, leaving scars. He underwent plastic surgery and said he still suffers anxiety around animals. The settlement of $1.125 million will come out of the dog owner's insurance policy. Previously, the highest settlement of this kind in the state was $835,000, according to reporters.
Wisconsin state law imposes strict liability on dog owners for attacks by their animals. This means that the owners are liable for the full amount of damages caused by their dog. The victim does not have to prove that the owner was negligent or did anything wrong. Wisconsin residents who have been attacked by another person's dog should research their legal options. By filing a personal injury suit, people can get the compensation they need to help with their physical and emotional healing following a dog bite.
Source: NBC Chicago, "Dog Bite Settlement is Largest in Illinois History," Natalie Martinez, July 30, 2013