When your future
is at stake.®

Call Today for a Consultation

920-739-7366

800 North Lynndale Drive, Appleton, WI 54914-3017

Appleton Dog Bite Injury LawyerAlthough dog bites are often thought of as minor incidents, they can result in serious injuries that cause a great deal of emotional and physical pain as well as disfigurement or scarring. Animal attacks can have serious financial repercussions, as medical treatment may be required, and a victim may suffer a temporary or permanent disability that affects their ability to work. If you or a loved one have suffered from a dog bite, you will want to work with a personal injury attorney to gather evidence demonstrating liability for your injury and pursue compensation from the animal’s owner.

Depending on the circumstances of a dog attack, the seriousness of a bite could vary significantly. There are a variety of factors that can affect the severity of a dog bite injury, including:

The Bite Classification

A dog bite may be categorized based on the amount of harm caused to the victim. These categories may include:

...

Appleton dog bite injury lawyer

Although most dogs are friendly and docile, they can become aggressive under certain circumstances. A dog bite injury can be a traumatic experience for both adults and children. A canine attack can result in severe lacerations, broken bones, and a variety of other injuries. In addition, dog attacks can have a lasting impact on a victim’s emotional well-being, particularly if the wounds lead to disfigurement. If you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you pursue the financial compensation you need and deserve.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States every year. Since around 18 percent of dog bites can become severely infected, it is important to receive medical care right away. Treatments such as proper cleansing of cuts and lacerations can ensure that wounds will be able to heal properly. Furthermore, medical professionals may suggest a tetanus booster or other medications to address potential infectious diseases.

...

Posted on in Dog Bites

Appleton, WI dog bite injury lawyerYou know the saying that a “dog is man’s best friend?” A dog can absolutely be a wonderful addition to any family. In 2017, there were an estimated 90 million dogs throughout the United States. While the vast majority of dogs are usually harmless, any dog can react in an aggressive manner if provoked and sometimes without provocation. Here in the United States, dog bites are incredibly common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S each year. Dog bites can result in severe and debilitating injuries and dangerous infections. If you or a family member are injured in a dog attack, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries. 

The Implications of a Dog Bite

Every single year, an average of 800, 000 Americans suffer dog bite injuries that result in hospitalization. According to the CDC, approximately 20% of all dog bites require some form of medical treatment. Dog bites can cause long-term nerve damage and infections. It is not uncommon for scars to be left behind from puncture wounds. In Wisconsin, pursuant to section 174.02 of the Wisconsin Statutes, a dog owner (or keeper) is strictly liable for injuries caused by a dog. There can also be situations where a dog owner is liable for “double damages” if the owner’s dog had previously (without provocation) bitten a person with sufficient force to break the skin and cause permanent physical scarring or disfigurement (see Wis. Stat. § 174.02(1)(b)). 

It is also not uncommon to be injured by the dog of a friend or family member. Making a claim against a loved one if you have been injured can be awkward or uncomfortable. However, Wisconsin is a “direct action” state, which means you do not have to bring a claim or lawsuit against your loved one. Rather, you can deal directly with an insurance company (assuming your loved one had insurance coverage). This is another topic that should be discussed with a knowledgeable attorney who understands not only personal injury law but insurance coverage law.  

...

Green Bay dog bite injury attorneysAnimal bites can easily (and quickly) lead to an infection. If left untreated, they can lead to sepsis and other serious complications. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an animal bite infection, and discover how it could impact the settlement of an animal bite injury case in the following sections. 

What Causes an Animal Bite Infection?

Infections are caused by bacteria, either from the animal’s mouth or from the skin itself. Cat bites are the most likely to lead to infection (they are the most likely to puncture the skin), but any animal bite that leads to a break in the skin may cause infection. 

Environmental factors can also cause infection. Examples might include exposure to air, dirt, or prolonged exposure to moisture. Generally, the bites are polymicrobial, meaning several types of bacteria are involved (from various sources). 

...

Wisconsin dog bite injury attorneysIt is estimated that some 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog in the United States each year. Of those, nearly 885, 000 seek medical treatment, 30, 000 require reconstructive surgery, and 3 to 18 percent develop an injury-related infection. Startling as these statistics may sound, there is treatment available. The following sections can help you learn more about the potential complications of such injuries, their treatment, and the forms of compensation that may be owed to dog bite victims that have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a pet owner. 

Dog Bite Injuries and Infection 

Of all the potential complications that a dog bite injury may face, infection is the most likely to occur. Most are minor and can be treated with antibiotics, but because healthcare professionals may initially miss the signs of an infection, it is critical that victims return to the hospital if they notice:

  • Excessive swelling near or around the injury site,
  • Extreme or persistent pain near or around the injury,
  • Red streaking around the injury site,
  • Loss of sensation in the injured body part,
  • Fevers,
  • Night sweats,
  • Limited mobility or use of the injured body part,
  • Swollen lymph nodes, and
  • Pus or discharge from the wound. 

It is also important to note that some infections may be deadly, especially if they go untreated. As an example, dog bites may lead to acute osteomyelitis, an infection that can develop in the bones or joints that may spread to other parts of the body. Sepsis is another deadly infection that may occur if a dog bite-related infection goes untreated. 

...
Back to Top