Complaint: Former police officer sues town of Madison after police dog bites him

Injuries include torn rotator cuff, nerve damage

TOWN OF MADISON, Wis. - A former Madison police officer is suing the town of Madison and an insurance company after a police dog bit him causing career-ending injuries, according to a complaint. 

Christopher Frank was bitten by a police K-9 on July 6, 2016, while he was volunteering with the Town of Madison Police Department as a canine decoy.

Court documents say that during the exercise, the dog latched onto Frank's forearm, bit and twisted the arm. He suffered a torn rotator cuff and nerve damage to his hand, which  required surgery. 

According to the complaint, the dog that bit Frank had a known history of aggressive behavior, including prior bites. Frank was properly attired in a padded bite suit during the training, which was in a "tightly enclosed environment."

Following the 2016 incident, Frank was unable work for several months due to the surgery on his hand and medical treatment is still ongoing. Frank retired from the city of Madison Police Department in early April, according to officials with the department. 

The complaint accuses the town of negligence and says they are liable for the aftermath of the dog bite. Frank is seeking unspecified damages for serious and permanent injuries, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.

Frank’s wife, Jennifer Frank, is also a plaintiff in the case. She is contending that she has suffered the loss of companionship, aid and society of her husband. Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Co. is listed as a plaintiff as well. 

American Alternative Insurance Corp., which handles workers' compensation benefits and medical costs, is a defendant along with the town of Madison. 

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