Our Michigan dog bite lawyers recently filed a dog bite lawsuit on behalf of a two year old girl who was bitten on the face by a German Shepard while she was at a public playground. The German Shepard reached through an old wooden fence and bit the girl on the face. She suffered numerous serious facial lacerations and nerve damage to her face. The same dog was involved in attacks on two other children in recent years..
The young girl was taken immediately to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan where she was admitted and underwent emergency surgery. She remained in the hospital and required several additional surgeries during her admission. Due to the seriousness of the injuries on her face, she will require more surgeries in the future.
In St. Clair County, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the St. Clair County Ordinances. Specifically, they are as follows:
Sec. 10-30. Running at-large prohibited.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person owning, possessing or harboring any dog to allow or permit such dog to run at-large within the limits of the city. Dogs on a leash shall not be deemed to be running at-large.
(b) No owner of, or person harboring or keeping, a fierce or vicious dog, or a bitch in heat, shall allow such dog to run at-large at any time within the city limits.
(Code 1975, § 3-19)
Sec. 10-32. Dangerous dogs.
No person shall keep a dangerous dog within the city. "Dangerous dog" means:
(1) Any dog with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury to, or to otherwise endanger the safety of humans or other domestic animals;
(2) Any dog which attacks a human or other domestic animal without provocation; or
(3) As otherwise defined by Act No. 426 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1988 (MCL 287.301 et seq., MSA 12.545(21) et seq.), as amended.
(Code 1975, § 3-21)
Our injury attorneys filed the dog lawsuit in the St. Clair County Circuit Court on behalf of the child. The lawsuit seeks damages for the severe pain and suffering, the fright and shock, as well as the permanent disfigurements on the young girl’s face in the St. Clair County dog attack. Claims for past and future medical expenses are also included in the lawsuit. No trial date has been set by the court.