The Birch Run pit bull attack lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims seriously injured after being attacked by a pit bull. Our firm has successfully represented dog bite victims and their families for over 40 years throughout the State of Michigan, and has the knowledge, expertise, and experience in handling these types of cases. We have a track record of obtaining sizeable Michigan dog bite settlements, jury verdicts and providing the best service possible for our injured clients after being attacked by a pit bull.
Dog Bite Laws
Many cities and counties have ordinances regarding pit bulls and the responsibilities of dog owners. An owner or keeper of a dog who violates these ordinances can be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit to a dog bite victim that was attacked by a pit bull. The ordinances can be used to prove a case in addition to other Michigan dog bite laws.
Birch Run Pit Bull Laws
In Birch Run, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Birch Run City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
(a) Any dog having a disposition or propensity to attack or bite any person or animal without provocation is hereby defined as a dangerous animal.
(b) Any pit bull dog, which have the appearance and characteristics of being predominately of the breed of dogs known as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier shall not be kept on a porch, patio or in any part of a house or structure that would allow the dog to exit the building on its own volition.
In addition, the dog shall not be kept in a house or structure when the windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure. Owners of Pit Bull dogs must, within ten days of the effective date of this subchapter, provide the Village Clerk proof of liability insurance with a single incident amount of $100,000 for injury or death of any person.
(c) It shall be illegal to own or harbor any mammal, amphibian, reptile or fowl of a species which, due to size, vicious nature or other characteristics, constitutes a danger to human life, physical wellbeing or property.
1992 Code, § 60.003
Dog Bite Lawsuits For Pit Bull Attacks
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.
Contact Your Birch Run Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Birch Run, you should call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with our top rated pit bull attack lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.