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Novi Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

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

Novi Dog Bite Laws

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

Sec. 5-3.  Dogs running at large.

No person owning or possessing a dog shall cause or permit such dog to run at large within the city.

(Ord. No. 84-108.02, § 4.01, 4-9-84)

Sec. 5-5.  Dangerous animals.

(a)   No person shall own or posses a dangerous animal within the city.
(b)   Subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to:
(1)   Animals under the control of a law enforcement or military agency;
(2)   Animals which are kept for the protection of property, provided that such animals are restrained by a leash or chain, cage, fence or other adequate means, from contact with the public, or with persons who enter the premises with the actual or implied permission of the owner or occupant;
(3)   Animals under display or exhibition to the public, provided that:
a.   Such animals are restrained by a leash or chain, cage, fence or other adequate means, from contact with the public;
b.   The display or exhibition is for a period of not exceeding ten (10) days; and
c.   The display or exhibition is conducted in full compliance with the City of Novi Zoning Ordinance.(c)   Any dangerous animal which is found off the premises of his owner may be seized by any police officer and immediately turned over to the county department of animal control.

(Ord. No. 84-108.02, § 6.01, 4-9-84; Ord. No. 95-108.03, Pt. I, 5-15-95)

Sec. 5-7.  Animal bites.

Anyone having knowledge or reason to believe that any animal in the city has bitten a person shall report within twenty-four (24) hours, so far as is known, the name and address of the owner and circumstances of the animal. Such report concerning bites shall be made to the police department.

(Ord. No. 84-108.02, § 9.01, 4-9-84)

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

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

Novi Police Department
45125 W. Ten Mile Road
Novi, MI 48375

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

Contact Our Novi Dog Bite Lawyers

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