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Grand Rapids Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

Grand Rapids Dog Bite LawyersOur dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in an Grand Rapids 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.

Grand Rapids Dog Bite Laws

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

Sec. 9.202.  Nuisance, Aggressive or Dangerous Animal.

A person who owns or has custody of a dog shall prevent the dog from engaging in nuisance, aggressive or dangerous behavior.

(Ord. No. 2003-06, § 1, 1-28-03)

Sec. 9.205.  Exposure to Rabies; Notice.

It shall be the duty of any person owning or harboring a dog which has been attacked or bitten by another dog or other animal showing symptoms of rabies, immediately to notify the Police Department or County Dog Warden of his or her possession of such dog.

(Ord. No. 2003-06, § 1, 1-28-03)

Sec. 9.209.  Running at Large Prohibited; Leash or Lead Required; Clean-Up Required.

(1)   A person who owns or has custody or control of a dog shall prevent the dog from running at large. A person who owns or has custody or control of a dog shall, at any time the dog is off that person's property, restrain the dog with a lead or leash no greater than six (6) feet in length.
(2)   A person who owns or has custody or control of an animal shall prevent the animal from defecating on any public or private property other than his or her own or shall immediately collect and properly dispose of all fecal matter deposited by the animal while it is off his or her property.

(Ord. No. 2003-06, § 1, 1-28-03)

Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:

Grand Rapids Police Department
1 Monroe Ctr. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-456-3400

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

Contact Our Grand Rapids Dog Bite Lawyers

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