In three separate incidents, six people were injured by dog bites in Wisconsin recently.
As summer drew to a close, three separate dog bite incidents led to six people suffering serious injuries in Racine, Wisconsin.
The first incident took place when a dog escaped from its fenced-in yard and attacked two 7-year-old boys. When an adult saw the incident taking place, he tried to prevent the dog from hurting the boys, and he also suffered a bite.
The two boys were taken to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, while the man also received medical attention in a hospital. The dog and his owner were identified and located. The owner is now facing multiple charges stemming from the incident.
The second dog bite incident occurred when a dog was let out of a kennel into the back yard, where two children were playing. The dog bit a 5-year-old girl. When an 11-year-old tried to rescue the younger child, she was also bitten by the dog.
The final incident took place when a dog bit a 5-year-old girl in the face. The girl was hospitalized following the dog bite.
Protect yourself and your kids from suffering a dog bite in Wisconsin
Sadly, such incidents are all too common, both in Wisconsin and across the United States.
In 2012, the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission reported that it took in 182 so-called bite dogs.
Across the country, around 4.5 million people suffer dog bites every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, around 885,000 people require medical care to treat the dog bites – approximately half of those injured are children.
In fact, children are one of the groups most at risk of suffering a dog bite. While dog owners are responsible for preventing their pets from causing harm, it is a good idea for parents to teach their children about safety around dogs. For instance, children should be warned not to approach dogs with which they are not regularly in contact. In addition, they should stay still if an unfamiliar dog approaches them and roll into a ball if a dog knocks them to the ground.
When a dog bites another person, the dog’s owner should be held responsible for the incident. In many cases, medical care will be required, resulting in significant costs for the injured party. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in Wisconsin, you should take the time to talk to a skilled personal injury attorney. A legal professional will work on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Have you been injured by an animal? Contact Levine Law.