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Pursuing Dog Bite Claims in Wisconsin


Dogs are part of many American households and often times are considered more than a pet but rather a family member. However, there are times when a dog breaks from the usual temperament and bites someone. Whether the dog is a stranger, stray, or a family pet, a dog bite should not be taken lightly.

Based on CDC statistics, each year there are around 80,000 dog bites in the state of Wisconsin and 30,000 of those bits occur in the Milwaukee metro (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Washington, Ozaukee, Dodge, Jefferson, and Walworth counties) alone.


Wisconsin Statute 174.02(1)(a) provides that "the owner of a dog is liable for the full amount of damages caused by the dog injuring or causing injury to a person, domestic animal or property." This means the dog owners are strictly liable and can be held liable whenever their dog injures another person, regardless of any fault, for the full amount of damages or injuries caused by their animal to another animal, human being or property.

Double Damages:

Wisconsin Statute 174.02(1)(b) allows for double damages if the owner of the dog "was notified or knew that the dog previously injured or caused injury to a person, domestic animal or property."  On other words, if an owner has already been notified or knew his or her dog had previously injured another person, animal or property, the owner may be liable for two times the amount of damages caused by the second bite.

Damages may include compensation for:

  • Lost Wages;
  • Medical Bills;
  • Pain and Suffering; and
  • Permanent Scarring and Disfigurement

Statute of Limitations for Dog Bite Injury Cases:

Wisconsin law imposes a time limit, or statute of limitations, for all dog-related injury claims. This means you only have a certain amount of time to file your claim.  If you do not file your claim in time, you will be barred from seeking recovery.  It is critical you contact an attorney immediately if you are injured by a dog.

Getting the Right Attorney to Help You:

Dog bites can often be very severe, leaving the victim with permanent scars, nerve damage, emotional trauma, and even permanent disfigurement. If you were bitten by a dog, you deserve competent and aggressive representation by experienced Attorneys.  Whiting Law Group aggressively pursues the full measure of justice for its clients.  We pride ourselves on obtaining big firm results with a small office approach.  Our talented and experienced firm is able to effectively get the results you deserve in a timely fashion. Our clients are clients for life. We want to help you with any legal problem even if it is unrelated to your injury. If we cannot help you, we will find someone who can.

Whiting Law Group takes a personal interest in every case that comes into our office. If you are looking for an attorney that will give you undivided individual attention, commitment to excellence, and use every possible resource available to help you win your case, then please contact Mr. Whiting directly for a free consultation toll-free at 1-877-936-7200 or by email at There is no fee unless we win your case.