Our Michigan dog bite lawyers represent victims of dog attacks. Injuries are often severe and include nerve injuries, fractured bones, and permanent disfiguring scars. Quite often, it is a relative’s dog or family member’s dog that attacks and bites the victim, which is often a child. This can happen while visiting relatives at home or at a special family get together at public places, like parks.
Suing A Family Member In Michigan For A Dog Bite
When a person is bitten by a relative’s dog, the victim does have the legal right to sue the relative for the dog bite injuries. Although this seemingly can create a stressful relationship between the family members, they should both know that the homeowner’s insurance company for the dog owner typically pays the settlement to the victim. This means that the dog owner does not have to pay any type of out of pocket settlement and insurance rates rarely rise after this type of incident. The dog owner often feels guilty for the attack and the settlement to the victim often mends any animosity in the relationship.
Michigan dog bite laws hold the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog responsible for a dog bite or attack, regardless of prior knowledge (called, “strict liability” laws) of the viciousness of the animal. Also, the negligence law is used to hold the owner responsible for the attack. This means that the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless in controlling the dog. The only defense to the dog owner in these cases is if the victim provoked the attack or was a trespasser on the property, but these defenses are difficult to prove are rarely ever successful.
Contact Our Michigan Dog Bite Attorneys
If you or a family member is bitten by a relative’s dog, you should contact our Michigan dog bite attorneys as soon as possible after the attack so that we can explain your legal rights to you and begin our investigation of the claim. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means we do not charge any legal fees or costs until we win your settlement.
Call us today at (800) 606-1717 and an attorney will be available to speak with you about your situation. If we believe you have a case, we will begin work on it immediately. There is nothing to lose, so call our award winning legal team today!