Our Michigan dog bite lawyers handle dog attack cases victims of dog attacks. Injuries are often severe and include nerve injuries, fractured bones, and permanent disfiguring scars. These dog bite attacks happen both on public properties, like streets and public parks, and also on private property.
Quite often, it is a neighbor’s dog that attacks and bites the victim. This happens when the dog, who is unchained or unleashed, runs onto the neighbor’s yard and attacks a person or runs into the street to bite the victim. It also occurs when one neighbor is visiting the other neighbor and the dog attacks at that time.
Legal Rights When Bitten By A Dog In Michigan
When a person is bitten by a neighbor’s dog, the victim does have the legal right to sue the neighbor for the dog bite injuries. Although this seemingly can create a stressful relationship between the neighbors, they should both know that the homeowner’s insurance company for the dog owner typically pays the settlement to the victim. This means that the dog owner does not have to pay any type of out of pocket settlement and insurance rates rarely rise after this type of incident. The dog owner often feels guilty for the attack and the settlement to the victim often mends any animosity in the friendship.
Michigan law holds the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog responsible for a dog bite or attack, regardless of prior knowledge 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 claiming the victim provoked the attack or was a trespasser on the property, but these defenses are difficult to prove are rarely ever successful.
Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer: No Fee Promise
We do not charge any legal fees for your dog bite lawsuit. We represent every client under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not be responsible for any payment until you win a settlement. We will pay all costs and litigation expenses. If your case is unsuccessful for any reason, you will owe us nothing. We put that in writing for you.
Contact Our Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a neighbor's dog and suffered serious injuries or disfigurement, you may be able to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Call our expert dog bite attorneys today at (800) 606-1717 and an attorney will be available to speak with you right away. If we accept your case, we will begin work on it immediately. Remember, there are strict time deadlines for filing animal attack lawsuits in Michigan, so it is important you call us as soon as possible!