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Dog Bite Update September 9, 2009

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I posted a couple days ago about a 3-year-old Milwaukee boy who was bit by a bull dog.  According to other news stories I’ve read his nose and part of his lip were bit off.  He was rushed to Children’s Hospital for over 4 hours of surgery.

Here is a link to a story from Fox 6 Milwaukee about the dog bite.

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Family’s Two Pitbulls Kill Grandpa December 23, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Dog Attack Information, FAQ Personal Injury.
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It happened in Rubidoux, California (near Los Angeles).   I haven’t seen much reported other than the grandfather stepped outside to smoke a cigarette when he was attacked.  There was one family member at the house but this person could not stop the two pitbulls.   The man died before paramedics could help. 

All I can say is, wow.   That is a tragic story.

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

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West Allis, WI: Vicious Dogs Banned? December 17, 2008

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Considering what I’ve written about in the past I don’t know how I CAN’T write about the saga of the Pit Bull ban in West Allis. 

As you’ve probably read on the AP Wire the City President exercised his first veto on a proposal to ban Pit Bulls in West Allis (it banned any new pit bulls but allowed current Pit Bulls to stay).  The West Allis Common Council voted for the ban on December 2nd.  The ban would have been the first of its kind in the Milwaukee area.

Because of the veto the Common Council is considering other options:

The Common Council is considering a new ordinance to clamp down on dogs in the city considered vicious

A vote is supposed to occur very soon.  I’ll keep you updated on anything that I see in the news.

 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Fond du lac, West Bend, Kenosha and Wauwatosa.

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Happy Pit Bull Awareness Day October 24, 2008

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Yes, the day has finally arrived!  Tomorrow is Pit Bull Awareness day. 

Celebrate responsibly.

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What to do: Dog Bite September 23, 2008

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I’ve written a lot about dog bites and my experience with litigating cases where pit bulls and other dogs have attacked and injured kids and adults.  

But, right after the dog attacks what are you to do?  I found this helpful check list written by a Doctor that is pretty easy to read.  Knowing what do to after a dog bite should take some of the stress out of the already very stressful situation. 

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Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Janesville, Kenosha, Wauwatosa and Lomira.

Insurance Required for Dangerous Dogs? September 9, 2008

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Does that sound unreasonable?  Semi trucks are required to have a certain amount of insurance.  Why?  Because they are more likely to cause serious injuries.  I think it is pretty safe to guess that dangerous dogs are more likely to cause injuries.  Why else would they be classified as “Dangerous”?

The story comes from Omaha, Nebraska.  They propose that in order to obtain a license for a “dangerous”  or “potentially dangers” dog the owner must show proof of $100,000.00 in liability insurance. 

A “Dangerous Dog” is defined as:

an animal which attacks, snaps at, bites, or has a history of attacking a human being or domestic animal, one or more times, without provocation.

The city would enforce the law with fines.  If a dog owner violates the law three times in 24 months all pets must be turned over to animal control.

Interesting law.  Anyone hear of anything like this in Wisconsin?

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

Pit Bull Attack…Wow…Big Surprise! August 18, 2008

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You may have read my previous posts about dog bites/attacks.  Here’s a link about a case I handled for a victim of a pit bull attack.

This case involved an interesting issue regarding Wisconsin’s Dob Bite Law.  As you probably know, in Wisconsin if a dog previously causes injury or property damage then all subsequent recoveries are doubled.  But, what exactly is damage?  Is a hole in someone’s jeans damage?  How about a dog pulling at someone’s jeans without a hole?

It was a unique case and, like usual, the at-fault insurance company blamed the victim for bending down to pet the dog!  The jury didn’t buy their argument. 

FYI: The juries verdict was actually about $18,375 which included costs awarded by the court and taxed against the at fault insurance company.

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 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Fond du lac, Mayville, Port Washington and Wauwatosa.

Pit Bull vs. Golden Retriever? May 30, 2008

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Guess who started the fight?  Linda Spice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently wrote an article about a pit bull that attacked a golden retriever in Port Washington, Wisconsin.  The pit bull’s owner was dragged across the street as the dog ran at two golden retrievers and their owner.  The police were at the scene almost immediately and shot the pit bull. 

This brings up an interesting question.  In Wisconsin, the law states that if a dog bites and previously caused injury to person or property then the dog’s owner is liable for double the damages caused by the dog bite. 

If this pit bull had bit the golden retriever and then almost immediately afterwards the owner of the golden retriever would double damages apply? 

If you are in this situation it’s important to hire an attorney that deals with these situations.  I’d be happy to help. 

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Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Port Washington, Wauwatosa, Ozaukee and Milwaukee.

Pit Bulls: Man’s Best Friend? Probably Not. April 28, 2008

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Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers or just plain Pits.  Whatever they are called most often it is preceded by “I just got bit by a…”  At least that is how most dog bite phone calls to my office begin. 

Recently I have had a great number of phone calls from victims of Dog Bites in Wisconsin.  Pit Bull bites to be exact.  Don’t get me wrong, I have handled cases where Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labs and other dogs bite.   But, the breed of dog that has bit my clients the most is probably Pits or Pit mixes. 

So, when I read the article this morning about the Village of Arpin (Wood County, Wisconsin) banning Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes I was not surprised. 

Honestly, I don’t have a problem with this.  It’s our government at work  (i.e. Federalism).  Local governments doing what they think is right for their community.  Arpin can’t ban Pit Bulls in Waukesha.  And Waukesha can’t ban German Shepherds in Arpin.  But, Arpin certainly can protect its citizens from what they see as a dangerous animal.

After listening to the calls I’ve recently heard about Pit Bull dog bites I’d probably feel a little safer vacationing in Wood County this summer.

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Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Muskego, De Pere, Oconomowoc and Portage.