Our Livonia dog bite lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently filed lawsuit on behalf of a 28-year-old client who suffered serious residual scarring on the back after being attacked and bitten by a dog. Our client was working outside a home installing windows when the neighbor’s German Shepard lunged across the fence separating the yards and attacked and bit him on the back. The lawsuit was filed in the Wayne County Circuit Court.
A person bitten by a neighbor’s dog does have legal rights to sue the neighbor for the injuries. This can present an uncomfortable situation between two neighbors who had previously been friendly acquaintances, but the animosity often begins immediately after the attack when the dog owner is unapologetic or relatively unconcerned about the dog attack. In fact, the dog owner will often blame the victim for causing the attack.
When a dog bite injury victim files a dog bite lawsuit, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company usually pays a settlement to the dog bite victim. Neighbors do not have to worry about the other neighbor paying a settlement out of their own pockets and insurance rates usually do not increase after this type of settlement is paid. Therefore, if both neighbors act in a civil manner after the attack they can still maintain their relationship after the victim is fairly compensated for the dog bite injuries.
If you or a loved one is bitten and attacked by a neighbor’s dog you do have legal rights. Under Michigan law, the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog is responsible for a dog bite or attack, regardless of prior knowledge of the viciousness of the animal. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with an experienced, expert Michigan dog bite attorney. We handle cases in Livonia and throughout the entire State of Michigan. Call today for your free consultation!