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Frequently Asked Michigan Dog Bite Questions

Our Michigan dog bite and animal attack attorneys understand you have many questions if you or someone you loved was recently attacked by a neighbor's dog or other animal. We try to answer many of these questions below. Of course, you probably have questions specific to your situation that need the attention of an experienced dog bite and animal attack lawyer.

If your questions are not answered below, please give us a call at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your story and provide you with your best legal options. The phone call is always free. If you do have a case, we will begin work on it immediately, and you will pay nothing until you receive your settlement check.

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  • Can I file a wrongful death lawsuit for a dog bite attack?

    Yes, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit for a dog bite attack if your loved one was killed due to a deadly canine attack.  These lawsuits are filed against the dog owner and often result in significant settlements due to the tragic and horrific circumstance of the attack.

    Compensation for these types of cases include pain and suffering damages endured by the loved one prior to death, the loss of society and companionship of the loved one, the loss of income and support for a parent, and payment of funeral and burial expenses. The homeowner’s insurance company for the dog owner usually pays a settlement to the surviving family members.

    If you or someone you know has lost a loved one in a fatal dog bite attack, you should contact our top rated attorneys today at the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.  Our experienced dog bite attorneys specialize in these types of cases and have a tremendous track record of obtaining sizeable settlements for our clients.  We can do the same for you.  Call today at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case.  We will explain your legal rights to you and immediately begin the investigation of your claim.

  • How do I sue for a dog bite attack that caused death?

    If your family member was involved in a dog bite attack that caused death, it may give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit. In this type of lawsuit you would sue the dog owner whose dog was responsible for the fatal canine attack.

    It is important when filing your wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one, that you seek experienced qualified legal help who can assist you in suing for your dog bite death case.  An expert attorney will be able to investigate the incident and have the resources to prove and win your case.

    At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. we file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of victims of a deadly dog bite attack. We will obtain all of your loved ones medical records and begin an investigation immediately of the attack. An investigation includes, but not limited to collecting all witness statements and evidence to assist in obtaining the best possible settlement for your wrongful death dog bite lawsuit. Once evidence is determined we then file a lawsuit.  Often times these claims can be settled outside of court, however if both parties cannot agree on a settlement amount the judge will set a trial state.  Although we settle more than 95% of our lawsuits before going to trial, our dog bite attorneys have tremendous track record of success in jury trials.

    For more information on how to sue for a dog bite attack that caused the death of your loved one, contact our top rated law firm today at (800) 606-1717.  We will explain your legal rights to you and start the investigation of your claim immediately.  Call now for a free, no obligation legal consultation.

  • Can I sue if a dog ran through an “invisible fence” and bit me?

    Yes, you may be able to sue if a dog ran through an “invisible fence” and bit you. The dog bite statute in Michigan, M Civ JI 80.01 states that “the owner of a dog that bites a person without provocation while that person is [on public property / lawfully on private property] is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the previous viciousness of the dog or whether the owner knew of that viciousness.”

    Therefore, if you are attacked by a dog that ran through an invisible fence and bites you, the dog owner is liable and you do have the legal right to file a Michigan dog bite injury claim.  There are strict deadlines for following these types of claims, so it is important that victims knows the statute of limitation for filing a dog bite lawsuit.

    Our Michigan dog bite lawyers represent victims attacked by a dog. This includes children, postal workers, UPS workers, and more. For more information about our award winning law firm and to discuss your case with one of our best lawyers for your Michigan dog bite lawsuit, call our office now at (800) 606-1717. We offer a No Win, No Fee promise, meaning our clients do not pay a penny until the case is settled or won. Call today for your free consultation!

  • If a dog runs through an “invisible fence” and bites, can I sue the dog owner?

    Yes, if a dog runs through an “invisible fence” and bites causing serious injury you may be able to sue the dog owner. In fact, under Michigan law, the owner of a dog that bites a person without provocation while that person is on public property or lawfully on private property is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten.

    This Michigan dog bite law means that the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless in controlling the dog. This can include not restraining a dog on a chain and in particular when a dog runs through an invisible fence and attacks someone.

    If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by dog that ran through an invisible fence, 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!

  • Do I need an attorney to sue if I was bitten by a dog in Michigan?

    You do not need an attorney to sue if bitten by a dog in Michigan; however it is must more beneficial to you if you do have an experienced lawyer represent you in your Michigan dog bite case. There are several reasons why having an attorney is important and they include:

    1. You will never want to sign a Release or any other paperwork with the insurance company without having it reviewed by a dog bite lawyer.  Often times, included on a Release form is language that may in fact hurt you in the future for you dog bite claim.  An attorney will be able to ensure you do sign anything that will haunt you in the future.
    2. If it was your child that was bitten by a dog in Michigan and you are filing a dog attack claim on your child’s behalf, you will have to go to court.  The majority of individuals do not have experience in the court room, however an attorney does and if you hire an attorney that specializes in dog bite injury, they will have significant experience not only in the court room, but also specifically to lawsuits relating to dog bite injuries and attacks.
    3. You will often receive a higher settlement amount, even after paying attorney fees.  This is because an experienced dog bite lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf so that you receive the maximum compensation for injuries suffered.

    If you or someone you know suffered injuries in a Michigan dog attack and need an attorney to sue after being bitten, call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorney now at (800) 606-1717.  We will discuss your case with you and explain all your legal rights. Call today for your free consultation!

  • Who is the best attorney to sue for a Michigan dog bite lawsuit?

    When searching for the best attorney to sue for Michigan dog bite lawsuit, you will want to make sure the lawyer has experience in filing Michigan dog bite claims. In fact, one of the most important reasons a victim would hire an attorney to represent them in their dog bite lawsuit is so that they are able to receive the maximum amount of settlement for their dog bite injuries.  You will want to ensure the attorney you hire for your dog attack claim has significant experience in negotiating with the insurance adjuster, because if they do not they may not be the best attorney to sue, as you will want someone who understands how to negotiate with the insurance company so you receive maximum settlement.

    Another reason why the best attorney to sue for Michigan dog bite lawsuit is one who has experience is because if the claim is being filed on behalf of a child or minor, it is required that you appear in court to approve a settlement.  An attorney who has never stepped foot in the court room will not perform as well as attorney who has significant experience in the court room. This could mean the difference between a fair settlement and no settlement at all.

    At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. we have a team of specialized dog bite injury attorneys who file Michigan dog bite lawsuits on a daily basis. We have significant experience in representing dog attack victims and our settlements and testimonials provide proof that we are in fact the best attorney to sue for a Michigan dog bite lawsuit. Our dog bite lawyers know how to negotiate with the insurance companies, have experience in the court room, and have a thorough knowledge of these types of cases and Michigan law and will ensure you do not sign any paperwork throughout the entire process that could hurt your case.  Often times insurance companies will want you to sign a Release form or other paper work when filing a dog bite claim.  We will always review those forms and ensure you do not sign something that could hurt your Michigan dog bite lawsuit in the future.  Call today at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case.  We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case.

  • How much can I sue for a Michigan dog bite case?

    The amount of money you can sue for a Michigan dog bite case is different for every lawsuit.  The amount you can sue for is determinant upon a number of factors including how serious the resulting injuries from the attack are, where in Michigan the dog attack occurred, the type of medical treatment you received for the dog bite injuries, and most importantly the attorney you  hire for your Michigan dog bite case.

    The reason why how much you can sue or receive in a Michigan dog bite claim is due in part to the attorney you hire is because if the dog bite lawyer you hire is not knowledgeable of the Michigan laws and these types of cases, does not have experience negotiating with the insurance adjusters, or does not have experience in the court room, the amount in which you will receive could become much less.  In fact the dog bite lawyer you hire to sue for your Michigan dog bite case could mean the different between a fair settlement and no settlement at all.

    To find out how much you can sue for your Michigan dog bite case, call our award winning Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys now.  We will listen carefully to you and then explain to you how much you can sue for your dog attack claim.  Call now at (800) 606-1717.  We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.

  • Should I take pictures of my injuries after a dog bite in Michigan?

    Yes, you should take pictures of your injuries after a dog bite in Michigan. This is because after an attack, photos can be treated as valuable evidence when you seek compensation for your dog bite claim.

    In fact, a major claim in any dog bite lawsuit is for the visible scars and disfigurements that result from the attack.  Scars are often located in conspicuous areas, like the face or arms, and can result in the need for plastic surgery or procedures by a dermatologist.  Pictures of these injuries are the best evidence to prove the serious nature of the damages suffered by the dog bite victim.

    Our firm has represented dog bite victims and their families for over 40 years throughout the State of Michigan, and has the knowledge, expertise, and experience in handling these types of cases. We have a track record of obtaining sizeable Michigan dog bite settlements and jury verdicts for our injured clients and providing the best service possible. For more information about our award winning law firm and to discuss your case with one of our best lawyers for your Michigan dog bite lawsuit, call our office now at (800) 606-1717.

  • What photos should I take for my Michigan dog bite claim?

    Photos take a very important role in your Michigan dog bite claim. This is because these type sof photos can serve as great evidence when proving your dog bite injuries and getting the best possible compensation for your Michigan dog bite lawsuit.

    First, photos should be taken immediately after the dog attack to demonstrate the severity of the injuries. Secondly, photos should also be taken at the hospital immediately after treatment has been provided. Photos taken just after any plastic surgery can also be very beneficial to your case.

    A dog bite victim will also want to take photos during the entire healing process as well as just before a mediation or settlement meeting.  All of these dog bite injury photos can help win your case.

    In addition, “before” and “after” pictures showing the person before the attack happened is substantially beneficial and very powerful for displaying how serous your injuries are to jury. With these types of photos, a jury will be able to see the effects the dog bite injury has had on the victim physically.

    For more information about your legal rights after a dog attack and filing a Michigan dog bite claim, call our award winning law firm now to discuss your case with one of our best lawyers for your Michigan dog bite lawsuit. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.  Call now at (800) 606-1717.

  • Do photographs of my dog bite injuries help my Michigan dog bite case?

    Yes, photographs of your dog bite injuries help your Michigan dog bite case. Taking pictures is powerful evidence to establish the damages that should be paid to compensate the victim. We suggest that you take a large number of photographs at every stage of the process, including “before” and “after” photos. 

    Michigan dog bite lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. frequently hire a professional photographer to take photos using the best camera equipment available to best document the injuries of our client. However, any camera is good because it can help you document and collect evidence to prove and win your dog bite case even before you hire the best possible lawyer to represent you.

    Our firm has represented dog bite victims and their families for over 40 years throughout the State of Michigan, and has the knowledge, expertise, and experience in handling these types of cases. We have a track record of obtaining sizeable Michigan dog bite settlements and jury verdicts for our injured clients and providing the best service possible. For more information about our award winning law firm and to discuss your case with one of our best lawyers for your Michigan dog bite lawsuit, call our office now at (800) 606-1717.

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