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Proving Damages in Michigan Dog Bite Attack Cases

When a person who is bitten or attacked by a dog in Michigan files a lawsuit, the claim is almost always paid for by the dog owner’s home insurance. Due to the number of dog attacks unfortunately occurring more often, the Insurance Information Institute (III) recently reported that last year dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all dollars paid out in homeowners insurance liability claims, up much higher than previous years..

When a Michigan dog bite lawsuit is filed, the victim can collect compensation for several different types of damages depending on the attack and resulting injuries.

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Typical damages that dog bite victims can receive compensation for include:

  • Pain and suffering: This is the right to compensation for physical pain and suffering and mental anguish you have suffered and could possibly endure in the future.  This accounts for many of the damages that are recovered and are in addition to other possible damages that may be collected.
  • Loss of Earnings: You are entitled to recover for the loss of earnings which you suffered from your injuries.  This includes wages, commissions, bonuses, and all other earnings and fringe benefits. If you are not able to work presently because you are recovering from your dog bite injuries, the loss of income will be made up.
  • Future loss of Earnings: If your injuries in your dog attack have prevented you from your ability to earn income in the future, you can recover damages for the value of the reduction in earning capacity with reasonable probability which will occur in the future.
  • Disfigurement: If the dog bite injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks, the victim is entitled to recovery for the disfigurement.  Because these injuries are often in very visible places, such as the face or arms, victims are often very self-conscious of their appearance. Children are frequently bitten in the facial region and require plastic surgery later on in life.  Depending on the age of the child at the time of the attack, many surgeons will not perform surgical revisions until the child reaches early adulthood.  This means that many times, children will go through the embarrassment and humiliation of the scar through adolescence, a period in which they are very self-conscious of their appearance. This often impacts them both socially and emotionally.
  • Medical Expenses: Damages include any sort of medical expenses that a dog bite victim has had to pay for at the hospital, clinic, or to a pharmacy.  These include the cost of basic medical treatment, going to the emergency room, and any sort of surgical treatment or care needed to repair the damaged area of the body.

Get Compensation for your Michigan Dog Bite Attack Case

If you or someone you know was attacked by a dog in Michigan and suffer serious dog bite injuries, it is important that you contact our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys immediately after the incident to discuss your case.  Our dog bite lawyers will investigate the case and collect all evidence and witness statement to prove and win your case.  We have significant experience in these types of cases and a track record of obtaining sizeable settlements for our injured client. Call today at (800) 606-1717 for your free, no obligation consultation.  We will represent you under our No Win No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.

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