Ann Arbor Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

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Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in an Ann Arbor dog bite attack. These attacks often result in serious injuries, including lacerations, puncture wounds, nerve damage, and broken bones. Dog bite victims incur hospital and medical expenses for their treatment and often need plastic surgery for scars and disfigurements caused by a bite.

We have obtained significant settlements and verdicts for our clients injured in these dog bite attacks. Compensation is paid for pain and suffering, disfigurement, medical expenses, and lost wages. We can help you or someone you care about win the best settlement for your case.

What are Dog Bite Laws in Michigan?

Many cities and counties have ordinances regarding dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners. An owner or keeper of a dog who violates any of these ordinances can be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit to a dog bite victim. The ordinances can be used to prove a case in addition to other Michigan dog bite laws.

What are Ann Arbor Dog Bite Laws?

In Ann Arbor, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the Ann Arbor City Ordinances. Specifically, they are as follows:

Sec 9.45 Definitions

(8) Vicious animal.  An animal which: 

(a)   Has killed a person or caused a person serious bodily injury, including, but not limited to, injuries resulting in hospital confinement or reconstructive surgery.
(b)   Is owned, possessed, harbored or trained for the purpose of animal fighting.
(c)   Repeatedly bites or in any way injures people.

Sec. 9:47 Violations

The owner of any dog or other animal shall be guilty of a violation of the chapter if:

  1. The dog is at any time not under reasonable control;
  2. The animal causes a noise nuisance;
  3. The animal causes a sanitation nuisance;
  4. The dog or dog-owner is in violation of any dog play area regulation.
  5. The animal is vicious;
  6. The dog is at a location other than as specified in a confinement order issued pursuant to this chapter;
  7. The animal has symptoms of rabies or has bitten or been bitten by another animal showing symptoms of rabies and the owner fails to notify an Animal Control Officer of that fact;
  8. The owner fails to comply with all the terms of a confinement order;
  9. A dangerous dog, when kept out of doors, is not in a pen or kennel sufficient to restrain the dog and surrounded by a perimeter fence not sharing common fencing with the pen or kennel;
  10. The animal, other than a dog, is dangerous and is not kept indoors;
  11. The person is convicted of owning a vicious dog and then acquires another dog within 2 years of the date of the conviction.

(Ord. No. 63-79, 12-17-79; Ord. No. 59-88, § 2, 12-19-88; Ord. No. 25-93, § 2, 8-16-93; Ord. No. 16-07, § 2, 6-18-07; Ord. No. 27-07, § 2, 8-6-07)

Obtain Ann Arbor Dog Bite Reports

Quite often, the victim of the attack files a report with either the local police or local animal control agency. When a report is filed, it is necessary to obtain the report. Our firm routinely obtains these for our clients. For a report filed with police department in Ann Arbor, you should request the animal control report at the following location:

Ann Arbor Police Department
301 E. Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994-2911

Free Book By Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer

If you would like more information about your legal rights after a dog bite injury or attack, you can order our FREE book, "The Ultimate Michigan Dog Bite and Animal Attack Handbook" by Michigan dog bite attorney Lawrence J. Buckfire. The book explains the laws on Michigan bites and animal attacks, your legal rights after a bite, and how to get the best money settlement for your injuries. Our book sells for $14.95 on Amazon but Lawrence will send it to you for FREE.

Who are the Best Rated Ann Arbor Area Dog Bite Lawyers?

Buckfire & Buckfire Best LawyersBuckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
  • "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
  • Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
  • Honored as "Super Lawyers"
  • Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Our No Fee Promise on Ann Arbor Dog Bite Cases

Don't be concerned about the money you might need to hire a lawyer. You can afford to have the best dog bite law firm on your side without paying a penny out of your pocket. It literally costs nothing to get started and if your dog bite case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. We promise you in writing:

  • No money to hire us or get started on your case
  • We pay all case costs and expenses from start to finish
  • You pay no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
  • Phone calls to our office are always free, forever.

Start Your Ann Arbor Dog Bite Claim Today

There are three ways to get started on your dog bite case today to get the settlement you deserve. You can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page. A dog bite attorney will contact you shortly.
  2. Chat with our online live operator who will provide your information to our law firm
  3. Call (800) 606-1717 any time of day to speak with an injury lawyer about your case.

Warning: There is a strict time deadline for filing Ann Arbor dog bite lawsuits. Call us today to learn more about Ann Arbor dog bite laws.

Ann Arbor Resources

Washtenaw County District Court

Washtenaw County Circuit Court

Ann Arbor 

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