Wisconsin Dog Bite Law Changes

December 2015

Last month, the Wisconsin Legislature made significant changes to the law regarding dog bites.  Wisconsin was and still is a strict responsibility state with respect to dog bites.  The law remains that a dog owner is responsible for their dog.  The law has changed with respect to double damages.  Now, in order for a person to recover double damages from a dog bite the injured person must show that the dog in a prior incident bit a person "with sufficient force to break the skin and cause permanent physichal scarring or disfigurement" and the owner of the dog knew or was notified of such previous bite.  This makes the burden tougher for an injured person to meet in order to recover double damages from a dog bite.



If you or a loved one have been injured from a dog bite, you should contact the firm of Herrick & Hart.  We have been helping people put their lives back together after dog bites for over 60 years.  We offer to work on personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to worry about receiving a monthly bill.