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Berkley Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

Berkley Dog Bite and Attack LawyerOur dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in an Berkley 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.

Berkley Dog Bite Laws

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

Sec. 22-45.  Rabies prevention and control.

No person shall own or harbor a vicious dog or cat or a dog or cat that has been bitten by any animal known to be afflicted with rabies. Any person who shall have in his possession a dog or cat which has contracted, or is suspected of having contracted, rabies, or which has been bitten by any animal known to have been afflicted with rabies, shall, upon demand of the health officer, or any public safety officer or designated authority of the city, produce and surrender such dog or cat to the health department or public safety department of the city to be held for observation or treatment. With the approval of the health department, any such dog or cat may instead be surrendered to a registered veterinarian, or to any approved nonprofit corporation organized for the purpose of sheltering dog and cats. It shall be the duty of any person owning or harboring a dog or cat which has been attacked or bitten by another dog, cat or other animal showing the symptoms of rabies to immediately notify the public safety department that such person has such dog or cat in his possession. Whenever a dog or cat is brought to the pound for having bitten a person, the animal warden or other duly authorized officer may, if deemed necessary and advisable, and after holding such dog or cat a sufficient length of time to meet the requirements of the health department for investigation, cause such dog or cat to be destroyed as a vicious dog or cat.

(Code 1981, § 5-20)

Sec. 22-48.  Damages incurred by.

Every owner of a dog or cat shall be liable for damages for any and all injuries to person or property that may be caused by such dog or cat on any public highway or other public place to be determined and collected in appropriate legal proceedings, in which proceedings any failure or refusal by such owner to comply with the requirements of this article shall constitute prima facie evidence of negligence.

(Code 1981, § 5-23)

Berkley 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 report.  Our firm routinely obtains these for our clients. For a report filed with the Police Department in Berkley, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:

Berkley Police Department
2395 12 Mile Rd
Berkley, MI 48072
248-541-9000 

No Fees Unless You Win An Berkley Dog Bite Settlement

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

Contact Our Berkley Dog Bite Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Berkley, 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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