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Grandville Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

Grandville Dog Bite and Attack LawyersOur dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in a Grandville 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.

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 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.

Grandville Dog Bite Laws

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

Sec. 5-5.  Control of dogs, cats, other animals and fowl; violation as civil infraction.

(a)   No person owning, possessing or having charge of any dog or cat shall allow such dog or cat to be at large or stray beyond the premises of such person unless such dog or cat is held properly in leash, meaning a physical restraint not more than eight (8) feet in length, or unless such dog or cat is engaged in lawful hunting or hunting practice and accompanied by a person.

(Ord. No. 159, § 10, eff. 9-29-78; Ord. No. 216, § 5, eff. 6-16-95)

Sec. 5-11.  Dangerous animals.

(a)   A "dangerous animal" is any animal, including dogs, cats, fowl, or other domesticated or nondomesticated animal, that bites or attacks a person, or an animal that bites or attacks and causes serious injury or death to another animal while the other animal is on the property or under the control of its owner, or known to be of such similar disposition as to be dangerous to persons or property; except that a dangerous animal does not include any of the following:
(1)   An animal that bites or attacks a person who is knowingly trespassing on the property of the person owning, possessing or having charge of the animal;
(2)   An animal that bites or attacks a person who provokes or torments the animal;
(3)   An animal that is responding in a manner that an ordinary and responsible person would conclude was designed to protect a person if that person is engaged in a lawful activity or is subject to an assault;
(4)   Livestock, meaning an animal being used for human food or fiber or animal being used for services to human beings; livestock does not include animals that are human companions, such as dogs and cats.(b)   No person owning, possessing or having charge of a dangerous animal shall permit or allow such animal to be at large in the city unless it is securely muzzled and led by a leash or housed in a permanent enclosure, not accessible to the public, that is locked at all times.
(c)   A person owning, possessing or having charge of a dangerous animal who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be subject to further sanctions as provided by Public Act 426 of Public Acts of 1989, being MCL 287.321 et seq., which may include quarantine, placing permanent identification markings on the animal, enhanced fencing and enclosures, sterilization, maintenance of public liability insurance, destruction of the animal, or other appropriate action to protect the public.

(Ord. No 216, § 8, eff. 6-16-95)

State law references:  Dogs attacking or biting persons, MCL 287.286a, 287.288, 287.351, MSA 12.537, 12.539, 12.544; rules for control of rabies and the disposition of nonhuman agents carrying disease, including rabid animals, MCL 333.5111, MSA 14.15(5111). 

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

Grandville Police Department
3181 Wilson Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49468
(616) 538-6110

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

Contact Our Grandville Dog Bite Lawyers

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