Our Oakland County dog bite lawyers recently settled a lawsuit for a forty-four year old woman who was bitten and attacked by her neighbor’s dogs. She was in her own backyard when a German Shepard and Pit Bull owned by her neighbor entered into her yard. She was knocked down by the dogs and then bitten on her arm and body. She suffered serious bite wounds that required urgent medical care and stitches and have left her with permanent disfiguring scars on her arm and back. She also suffered nerve damage to her arm which may be permanent.
We filed the dog attack lawsuit in the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, Michigan. The lawsuit sought damages for her pain and suffering, disfiguring scars, and both physical and psychological injuries suffered in the attack. The lawsuit also sought reimbursement of medical expenses paid for the injuries and treatment. The incident occurred in April 2012 and we filed the lawsuit shortly after the attack. The parties attended a mediation and agreed to settle the lawsuit for $175,000 in October 2012, just six months after the dog bite attack.
If you or someone you know has been attacked by a neighbor’s dog, call our office today at (800) 606-1717 to talk to one of our experienced Michigan dog attack attorneys. A person bitten by a neighbor’s dog does have legal rights to sue the neighbor for the dog bite injuries. In these cases, 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 payment. 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. Call today for your free consultation!