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My neighbor’s dog bit my child. Can I sue for the injuries?

Yes, you can sue neighbor for dog bite injuries to your child. Michigan law holds the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog responsible for a dog bite or attack, regardless of prior knowledge (called, “strict liability” laws) of the viciousness of the animal. Also, the negligence law is used to hold the owner responsible for the attack. This means that the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless in controlling the dog. The only defense to the dog owner in these cases is if the victim provoked the attack or was a trespasser on the property. In these cases, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company usually pays a settlement to the dog bite victim.

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  • 25800 Northwestern Highway #890
    Southfield, MI 48075
  • Phone: (248) 569-4646
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