Our Michigan dog attack lawyers recently settled a claim for a 68 year old woman who was viciously attacked by two of her neighbor’s dogs on her own property. The incident occurred in Interlochen, Michigan as she was walking her own dog. Her dog was also attacked and had injuries requiring veterinary care.
The attack occurred when the two dogs were unrestrained and was permitted to run freely by their owners on the street near our client’s home. She was walking her own dog at the time and both were attacked by the other dogs. Our client ran into her own garage and attempted to enter her home, but was knocked down and bitten on her arms and legs by the dogs. She suffered multiple bites to her arms and legs and required admission to a local hospital.
Often times, a dog attack does occur when a dog runs through a fence and bites a person. If the person is bitten while lawfully on the property, or on public property, such as in the street, the owner or keeper of the dog can be held liable for the injuries under Michigan law. In fact, there are several dog bite laws in Michigan that can be used in favor of the victim and hold the dog owner liable. The main statute, called the Michigan dog bite statute, clearly states that a owner of the dog is liable and can be sued for a victims injuries.
Our client suffered some minor scars from the puncture wounds on her arms and hands. Due to the psychological trauma of the attack, she suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and received counseling from a psychologist. We filed a claim on her behalf seeking compensation for her injuries against the dog owners for her pain and suffering, psychological damages, and medical expenses. The homeowner’s insurance company for the owner of the dogs agreed to pay her a $45,000.00 settlement. The case was settled before a lawsuit was filed.
If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by dog that was unrestrained, you should contact our Michigan dog bite lawyers as soon as possible at (800) 606-1717 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. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case. Call now for a free legal consultation!