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Common Questions for Dog Bite Attorneys

Eau Claire and Madison, Wisconsin Attorneys

How many people are bitten by dogs each year?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Over 880,000 dog bite victims will need medical attention, and tens of thousands of these victims undergo plastic surgery in an attempt to reduce scarring. Most of these victims are children between the ages of five and nine.

What are the most aggressive breeds of dog?

It probably comes as no surprise that pit bulls are the most aggressive dog breed people bring into their homes. Other dangerous breeds include the Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Chow, Husky, and German Shepherds. However, other breeds that fall into this list include the popular Boxer and Dalmatian, as well as the ubiquitous Labrador. It is true that some dogs have a predilection for aggressive behavior, but it can also come down to how that dog was socialized or trained by its owner. A pit bull may go through its life without every harming anyone, while a Lab may be very dangerous to have children around.

How can I prevent getting bitten by a dog?

One of the most important things to remember is to never approach a strange dog. If it is with its owner, ask them first before petting the animal. Avoid petting dogs that are behind fences or in vehicles as they may react to you getting in their space and their owner’s property. Stay aware around dogs, and always keep an eye on any children that might be around. Much of this may seem like common sense, but even a dog that has never displayed aggressive tendencies can bite out of a protective nature, fear, or another reason altogether.

What should I do if I’ve been bitten by a dog?

If the injury is serious, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. However, you will want to be able to positively identify the dog. If you were bitten by a stray dog, you may have to get rabies shots. Do not try to yank yourself away from the dog because it will bite down harder. Once you have been taken care of medically, contact the Wisconsin dog bite attorneys at Boller & Vaughan, LLC to find out about your legal rights.

What is the law on dog bites in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin does not have a Dangerous Dog Statute, like some states do. This means that a dog that attacks and bites someone will not be labeled a “dangerous dog” by authorities. However, dog owners may be held liable for any injury caused by his or her dog. The owner faces a $500 fine, plus any other civil liabilities accrued through litigation. After a second attack, the owner will face twice the full amount of damages caused by the dog and a fine of $1000. If the owner is aware that their dog is dangerous, they may be held liable to twice the amount of damages. You must prove that negligence by the dog’s owner is the reason you were injured in order to recover damages.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite, please call the Wisconsin dog bite lawyers of Boller & Vaughan LLC at or submit an online questionnaire. Your initial consultation with the Wisconsin car accident lawyers of Boller & Vaughan LLC is free of charge and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.