Family pets are a wonderful thing as they can be excellent companions. However, occasionally things can go wrong and change in an instant. When a dog or other animal becomes aggressive, it can cause serious injuries to your or a loved one. Whether it’s a bite or the animal jumps on you and forces you to the ground, this is a scary and dangerous situation for everyone.
Wisconsin law requires animal owners to be aware of their animal’s natural traits and habits and to make sure other people are fully protected from any potential dangerous behavior by them. If the owner of an animal doesn’t keep the animal under control, and it injures you, you may be entitled to compensation.
Under Wisconsin law, when you’ve been injured by someone else’s animal, you may be entitled to be paid for:
- Past and future medical bills for treatment of your injuries (including counseling, if necessary as a result of the attack)
- Out of pocket expenses related to the injury including prescriptions, co-pays, deductibles, over-the-counter medications like Advil® or Tylenol®, braces, hot or cold packs, etc.
- Your mileage to and from your health care appointments
- Your lost wages (both past lost wages and wages you will lose in the future because of disabilities or the need to seek medical care)
- Your past and future pain and suffering, disability, and/or disfigurement
In addition, if you were injured or bitten by a dog, and the dog had previously injured anyone or anything, you are entitled to have your compensation doubled.
Gingras, Thomsen and Wachs is dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog or another animal. Our skilled personal injury attorneys in Eau Claire can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.