Our Michigan dog bite lawyers represent victims of dog bites and animal attacks in cases throughout the state. We represent a wide range of clients in these cases, including children, postal workers, and utility workers.
If possible, try to gather as much evidence as you can once you or the dog bite victim has received appropriate medical attention.
Useful evidence can include:
- The names of the dog and dog owner
- The dog owner's address
- Addresses and names of people who witnessed the attack
- Photos and descriptions of the place where the attack occurred
- Medical evaluation of the wound by the treating physician
DNA testing and a cast of the dog's mouth may be necessary to prove your case. Do not permit the dog to be destroyed until after testing and casting have been performed. This evidence will assist your Michigan dog bite lawyers and help you get the best possible settlement.
There are specific Michigan dog bite laws that apply to these cases. Owners and keepers of dogs in Michigan are strictly liable for dog bites and attacks. This means that the dog bite victim does not have to prove that the owner was negligent, only that he or she was bitten or attacked. There are also strict Michigan leash laws that hold the dog owner liable if their unleashed dog bites or attacks an innocent person.
Owners of dogs should know important information about their dog and things that they can do to prevent dog bites and attacks.
Dog bites and dog attacks, especially when the victim is a child, can cause serious injuries, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement resulting from scars
- Bone fracture injury
- Nerve damage
In addition to the physical injuries, the consequences of an animal attack can include psychological damage, nightmares, medical expenses for plastic and reconstructive surgery, and lost income. People in certain careers where appearance is critical, such as modeling and acting, can have a promising career cut short due to a dog attack.
Our Michigan dog bite lawyers have obtained significant settlements for our clients in Michigan dog bite injury cases. Many times, the dog bite victim is a family member, friend, or neighbor of the owner of the dog and is reluctant to file a claim. In most circumstances, the settlement is paid by the homeowner's insurance company for the owner or keeper of the dog. If the dog is owned or kept by a business, the business insurance company pays the settlements.
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Our Michigan dog bite lawyers will represent you in your case 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!
Our experienced Michigan dog bite lawyers will hire specialized investigators to document the incident, supplementing any evidence you have been able to collect. For more information on your legal rights after a an accident, call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers about your case.