Readers of our blog know that we are firm advocates for the rights of people who were injured in an accident caused by someone else's negligence. In last week's blog post, we discussed animal bites and how it is important to determine which party you should seek compensation from if you are bitten by an animal. That is only the first part of a personal injury case in Wisconsin.
The owner of a female pit bull was issued a quarantine order after the dog attacked a 7-year-old boy in Racine. According to police, the dog was found to be both unvaccinated and unlicensed. As a result of the attack, the young victim sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. There have been no reports as to whether the boy's family plans to file a personal injury claim against the dog owner.
On Aug. 17, a Neenah woman was attacked by two dogs after she was hired to provide pet care to them and arrived on the premises. The 32-year-old woman works for Never Home Alone Pet Sitting. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Meadow Lane Avenue in Neenah.
Animal lovers and business owners in Wisconsin may have heard about a recent incident at a petting zoo in Shawano in which a 15-year-old girl was bitten by a baby fox. The bite reportedly drew blood, so the fox, which was in a pen at the time of the incident, was euthanized and is being tested for rabies. The girl is being given a rabies vaccine as a precaution.
A Milwaukee toddler is recovering after being attacked by a dog in Racine County. The police report that the child was at home with his mother and her boyfriend when he was reportedly seated on the kitchen floor and given a cookie. The dog bite injury appears to have occurred when the dog went after the cookie in the toddler's mouth. The dog was pulled off of the toddler by his mother, and the child was taken to Children's Hospital to recover.
Everyone is familiar with the story of the dog biting the mail carrier, and it certainly does happen. In fact, nationwide 5,879 postal employees were attacked by dogs last year. However, that numbers pales in comparison the the 4.7 million Americans who are victims ofdog bites each year. This subject may be of interest to Wisconsin readers because the issue of dogs bites is of nationwide concern.
Medical problems may be the cause of a multiple-car accident that sent four people to the hospital. The motor vehicle accident occurred in Caledonia on Douglas Avenue at approximately 10:20 a.m. when a GMC pick-up truck struck the back of a Nissan. The pick-up truck then proceeded to crash head-on into a BMW, causing it to side-swipe a garbage truck. Officials suspect that the driver of the pick-up truck that caused the accident may have been experiencing medical problems, but they have not yet confirmed that fact. In addition to potential medical issues, witnesses have also said that the pick-up truck driver was "traveling very quickly." While no citations have been issued, the crash is still being investigated, so that may change depending upon the outcome.
Earlier this month, a sentence was handed down against a 28-year-old Wisconsin man who was driving under the influence and caused a car accident in Wheaton in June 2010. The crash resulted in the death of the man's 26-year-old passenger. Two others were seriously injured in the crash.According to a criminal complaint, the driver's blood alcohol level was 0.131 at the time of the accident. Records show that the man was driving when his Pontiac GTO hit a tractor-trailer that was traveling southbound before crashing into a Mazda 6 that was traveling northbound.
Simply having the liability insurance mandated by the state of Wisconsin is not enough to protect cautious drivers in some circumstances. When a negligent driver flees the scene of an accident he or she caused, the cost of medical bills and auto repairs or replacement fall on the party who was not at fault. It seems unfair, but a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident could leave the injured party without recourse to the law, unless the at-fault driver is caught. A collision policy or riders on the liability policy can help with costs so it is important understand your particular policy. Liability insurance only covers damages to others that result from the policy-holder's actions. It is impossible to bring a lawsuit against or receive any type of compensation from the missing, at-fault party unless you have the right insurance coverage. Financial hardship resulting from hit-and-run accidents may be mitigated in a couple of ways, but there is no substitute for collision insurance, or locating the hit-and-run driver and holding him or her responsible for damages.
About a month ago, a Wisconsin high school student was shopping at a convenience store in West Allis when he was confronted by three other customers who eventually detained him for the police. The student, 16, was accused of stealing bottles of alcohol by placing them inside his backpack. The teenager resisted the customers, and a scuffle ensued -- an incident that may have resulted in a wrongful death of the student. The customers were taken in for police questioning.Police officers responding to the shoplifting call did not expect to see the assailant being restrained by three other customers. Initially, they began to arrest the teen. Officers then saw that he had stopped breathing, so they removed the handcuffs and began CPR procedures. The teenager was temporarily revived, but died about two weeks later in the hospital while on life support. The official cause of death has not been released.