Double Damages for Wisconsin Dog Bites

June 2019

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


If you have been injured due to a dog bite, you should consider contacting Herrick & Hart.  We have been helping the injured for over 60 years.  We have experience representing those harmed by dangerous dogs.