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WI Dog Bite Attorney

Supervised Or Not: Do You Really Know

With the Warm Weather Comes Dog Bite Season

It’s every parents fear: leaving their child in the care of someone else, only to have them severely injured while being “supervised.” This nightmare recently became a reality for a half-dozen families in North Carolina. On March 20th, a stray male pit bull managed to make his way into a Charlotte elementary school. Upon entering the school, the children (many of them understandably frightened) reacted by running and screaming. The dog became overstimulated by this reaction and began to chase after, jump on, and bite no fewer than seven children before a teacher was able to confine the canine. Fortunately, all seven children suffered “minor” injuries.

Nonetheless, with winter coming to an end it is important to note that the number of reported dog bites increases dramatically. With warmer weather, and the end of the school year, more children are outside. The same goes for dogs. Not surprisingly, this combination means that the summer season tends to be the peak season for dog bites.

The attorneys at Groth Law Firm, SC are highly experienced when it comes to representing clients who have been bitten by a dog. Whether the injuries are minor or catastrophic, Groth Law Firm handles every case diligently and aggressively. From the very beginning, the attorneys and investigators work together to determine the dog’s owner, the owner’s insurance policy, and whether the dog has previously attacked someone. This latter fact is especially important when considering that Wisconsin has a law specifically designed to hold dog owners accountable when their dog has attacked more than once.

Wisconsin Statute §895.045 states that the owner of a dog is liable for 2 times the full amount of damages caused by the dog biting a person with sufficient force to break the skin and cause permanent physical scarring or disfigurement if the owner was notified or knew that the dog had previously done so. That is, if the dog owner was previously made aware that their dog had bitten someone else, and the dog does it again, they are liable for twice the amount of damages.

The attorneys at Groth Law Firm are not only aware of this law, but also investigate every case extensively to determine if the statute applies. In cases where the law does, in fact, apply client settlements can increase tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is this attention to detail, as well as a comprehensive understanding of Wisconsin’s dog bite laws, that separates Groth Law Firm from other firms in the state.

If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, call Groth Law Firm, SC today. The staff is experienced and knows exactly what it takes to win a dog bite case and maximize your settlement. We are here to make sure that our clients are represented, protected, and compensated.

Attorneys are standing by 24/7 to answer all questions that you might have, and can help navigate you through an undoubtedly difficult time.

For a free consultation, please call (414) 375-2030. You can also visit our website at www.grothlawfirm.com and live chat with someone who is eager to assist you.


Homeowner, Not Dog Owner, Responsible For Dog Bite

Wisconsin’s Court of Appeals held today that a homeowner whose friend lived with him for four months before the attack was responsible for the damages caused by the dog.  The Oshkosh Northwestern reported:

The dog bite statute holds persons who “own, harbor or keep” a dog strictly liable for any damages the dog causes.  A statutory keeper may be simultaneously liable with an owner.  The trial court concluded that at the moment of injury, the dog’s legal owner had control of the dog and, therefore, Seefeldt was not a statutory keeper under § 174.02.  We reverse the trial court’s ruling. 

The dog was one of 4 dogs at the residence.  The dog ran out of the front door, charged across the street and bit the victim three times causing 16 puncture wounds.

There was a dissent.  Judge Snyder argued:

That dog bite cases are decided on their particular facts and Seefeldt had relinquished her limited “keeper” status when Waterman ran after his dog.

Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in West AllisSheboygan,  Plymouth,  and  Germantown.

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Take Responsibility Dog Owners!

The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter noted a frustrating story about a dog bite victim.  A Keil woman was attacked by a dog.  It appears that, at first, she didn’t realize that the dog broke her skin.  The dog’s owners left the scene and didn’t give any identifiable information.  Soon thereafter the victim noticed that the dog broke her skin.  She went to the hospital and was told that because no one knew whether the dogs were up on all of their shots she would have to undergo rabies vaccination shots. 

This is just another example of a victim of a dog bite having to undergo potentially unnecessary medical care.   The victim may have to worry about having rabies, the pain of the shots not to mention the time away from work and her family.   There isn’t an update so I don’t know whether they ever found the dog owners.

Wouldn’t it just be easier if the dog owner stuck around and gave the victim her information?  No matter how small the bite seems at first why not just exchange information?  If the dogs don’t have rabies then all this would not have to happen.


 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Racine, Wauwatosa, New Berlin and Manitowoc.

Animal Attack Quarantine

Sauk County discusses the law that mandates that any owner of a dog or cat must quarantine their animal if it attacks.  

In short, if your dog or cat bites someone it is Wisconsin law that the animal be quarantined so it can be observed for rabies.  Obviously, you should call the police first and then work with them and your veterinarian to make sure the animal that attacked is up to date on all vaccines.

Remember that the owner of the animal is responsible for the costs of the quarantine.  So, be sure to read your insurance policy to see if this will be covered under your home owner’s insurance policy.


 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Kansasville, Beloit, Sheboygan, Wauwatosa and Oconto.