Wisconsin Law Allows Double Damages for Dog Bites

by Jay E. Heit on May. 19, 2020

Accident & Injury Animal Bite Accident & Injury 

Summary: Wisconsin law in some instances allows double damages for dog bites.

Double Damages for Wisconsin Dog Bites

Dogs are often known as man's best friend.  Howerver, many people each year are the victims of dog bites.  In Wisconsin, liability for dog bites is governed by statute.  Wisconsin is a strict liability state for the purpose of dog bite liability.  The injuries from dog bites are often severe and many times result in nerve damage or scarring.

An owner of a dog who is on notice that the dog has previously bitten someone can be liable for double damages.  This applies where the owner of the dog has previously bitten someone "with sufficient force to break the skin and cause permanent physical scarring or disfigurement . .  . . Wis. Stat. 174.02



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