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Ann Arbor Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

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Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in an Ann Arbor dog bite attack. These attacks often result in serious injuries, including lacerations, puncture wounds, nerve damage, and broken bones.  Dog bite victims incur hospital and medical expenses for their treatment and often need plastic surgery for scars and disfigurements caused by a bite.

We have obtained significant settlements and verdicts for our clients injured in these dog bite attacks. Compensation is paid for pain and suffering, disfigurement, medical expenses, and lost wages. We can help you or someone you care about win the best settlement for your case.

Michigan Dog Bite Laws

Many cities and counties have ordinances regarding dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners.  An owner or keeper of a dog who violates any of these ordinances can be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit to a dog bite victim.  The ordinances can be used to prove a case in addition to other Michigan dog bite laws.

Ann Arbor Dog Bite Laws

In Ann Arbor, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the Ann Arbor City Ordinances. Specifically, they are as follows:

Sec 9.45 Definitions

(8) Vicious animal.  An animal which: 

(a)   Has killed a person or caused a person serious bodily injury, including, but not limited to, injuries resulting in hospital confinement or reconstructive surgery.
(b)   Is owned, possessed, harbored or trained for the purpose of animal fighting.
(c)   Repeatedly bites or in any way injures people.

Sec. 9:47 Violations

The owner of any dog or other animal shall be guilty of a violation of the chapter if:

  1. The dog is at any time not under reasonable control;
  2. The animal causes a noise nuisance;
  3. The animal causes a sanitation nuisance;
  4. The dog or dog-owner is in violation of any dog play area regulation.
  5. The animal is vicious;
  6. The dog is at a location other than as specified in a confinement order issued pursuant to this chapter;
  7. The animal has symptoms of rabies or has bitten or been bitten by another animal showing symptoms of rabies and the owner fails to notify an Animal Control Officer of that fact;
  8. The owner fails to comply with all the terms of a confinement order;
  9. A dangerous dog, when kept out of doors, is not in a pen or kennel sufficient to restrain the dog and surrounded by a perimeter fence not sharing common fencing with the pen or kennel;
  10. The animal, other than a dog, is dangerous and is not kept indoors;
  11. The person is convicted of owning a vicious dog and then acquires another dog within 2 years of the date of the conviction.

(Ord. No. 63-79, 12-17-79; Ord. No. 59-88, § 2, 12-19-88; Ord. No. 25-93, § 2, 8-16-93; Ord. No. 16-07, § 2, 6-18-07; Ord. No. 27-07, § 2, 8-6-07)

Ann Arbor Dog Bite Reports

Quite often, the victim of the attack files a report with either the local police or local animal control agency. When a report is filed, it is necessary to obtain the report. Our firm routinely obtains these for our clients. For a report filed with police department in Ann Arbor, you should request the animal control report at the following location:

Ann Arbor Police Department
301 E. Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994-2911

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We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you an Ann Arbor dog bite settlement.

Contact Our Ann Arbor Dog Bite Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Ann Arbor, it is important that you contact our experienced dog bite attorneys today at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your story and start working on your case immediately.

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