Our Michigan landlord liability lawyers represent victims attacked and bitten by a dog on a tenant’s property. These injuries from these attacks are often severe and include nerve injuries, fractured bones, and permanent disfiguring scars. We often file these lawsuits against the landlord of the tenant dog owner whose dog attacked on behalf of dog bite injury victims.
Often times, a person is attacked and injured by a dog when they lawfully enter someone’s property, such as when someone is invited as a social guest. However, other times, a person can be attacked by a dog when they are simply walking alongside someone’s property, without even entering the property.
Legal Rights After Being Attacked By Tenant’s Dog
While most people are aware that they have a legal right to sue the dog owner for these injuries, less widely known is that a person can sue the landlord of a tenant dog owner for injuries suffered due to the dog bite. However, in order to hold the landlord liable, several conditions must apply:
1) Was the landlord aware of the dangerousness of the tenant’s dog?
For example, has the dog attacked or tried to attack someone in the past, and the landlord was made aware of it, or has the landlord witnessed the dangerous proclivities of the dog in person.
2) Was the landlord’s response to a knowledge of dangerousness unreasonable?
If the landlord knew of the dangerousness of the dog, did he or she take reasonable steps to prevent injuries by the dog, such as erecting proper walls, posting warnings, and requiring tenant to take certain preventative actions.
3) Was the person injured by the dog on the property or next to the property?
Courts will take into account the location of the dog bite incident. Where a person is attacked while lawfully on the property or next to it, the landlord will be liable. However, if the dog bite takes place at a location farther away from the property, the landlord will not be liable.
In these cases, the landlord’s homeowner's insurance company usually pays a settlement to the dog bite victim. Therefore, injured parties do not have to worry about the tenant neighbor having to pay out of pocket costs.
Our No Fee Promise For Michigan Dog Bite Cases Against Landlords
Our Michigan landlord liability lawyers will represent you and your Michigan dog bite case against landlord under our No Fee Promise. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Your Michigan Landlord Liability Lawyer
If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by a tenant’s dog, you may have the legal right to sue the landlord, and you should contact our Michigan landlord liability lawyers as soon as possible after the dog attack so that we can explain your legal rights to you and begin our investigation of the claim. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss you case with one of our experienced expert Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys.