Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC
No Fees Unless We Win Free Consultation
608-406-2282 866-821-1345
Serving Injured And Disabled Clients In Minnesota and Wisconsin

Animal bites: How to prevent and treat dog bites

Many Wisconsin residents have dogs as family pets. Others may come in contact with dogs at the home of a relative or friend. Most encounters with the dogs are uneventful and no one is hurt. However, animal bites can occur, no matter what the dog's breed is. Animal experts say that any dog is capable of biting someone, even if it has never bitten anyone before.

Statistics show that approximately 4.7 million dog bites occurs in the country each year. Most of the people who are bitten experience only minor injuries. However, around 1,000 people every day have to seek emergency treatment for serious injuries from dog bites. Experts offer several hints to remain safe around dogs.

One should never approach or reach toward an unfamiliar dog. A person should always ask the dog's owner if a dog is safe to contact. It is helpful if a dog can sniff someone's hand to initiate contact. If someone is viciously attacked, it is wise to curl into a ball on the ground, tuck the head down on the chest and place hands and arms over the neck and ears.

When someone has been bitten, the bite should be cleaned and disinfected, if the wound is not too deep. Physicians report that the risk of rabies or infection is actually fairly low. Also, many bites occur from an animal that is familiar to a victim. Therefore, a dog's vaccination record is accessible. Emergency treatment should be sought for a deep wound or any injury from an unfamiliar dog.

Animal bites can cause serious injuries to victims, requiring extensive medical treatment, hospitalization and perhaps counseling for trauma. Those who have been injured may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against a dog's owner for compensation. Since Wisconsin is a strict liability state, an owner is held responsible for a dog's behavior, even if it has never shown any indication to attack in the past. A successful outcome in a case can provide a monetary award to cover various expenses associated with the injury. A Wisconsin attorney can work with clients to seek a favorable outcome in the lawsuit.

Source:, "Dog-Bite Prevention and Treatment", Dr. Oz and Roizen, Sept. 8, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

The Mission Starts With A Free Consultation

We handle most cases on a contingency basis. We will not ask you to pay any fees unless we are successful in getting you compensation. If you have questions or would like to learn more about how we can help you, call us at 608-406-2282, or toll free at 866-821-1345. You can also reach us by completing our online contact form to discuss your case with an experienced La Crosse personal injury attorney.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC
123 7th St S
La Crosse, WI 54601

Toll Free: 866-821-1345
Phone: 608-406-2282
Fax: 608-784-4908
La Crosse Law Office Map