Our Michigan dog bite attorneys represent victims of dog bites and attacks. Many times, these bites occur to the face of an adult or child. The results can be devastating and often cause permanent disfiguring scars. When this occurs, the victim is entitled under Michigan law to pursue a claim for damages against the dog owner.
Michigan law holds the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog responsible for a dog bite or attack, regardless of prior knowledge (called, “strict liability” laws) of the viciousness of the animal. Also, the negligence law is used to hold the owner responsible for the attack. This means that the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless in controlling the dog. Michigan also has a leash law which requires dog owners to keep their dog on a leash and under control when in public areas.
Psychological Impact of Facial Scars
Dog bites to the face not only cause significant and often permanent scars, but can also cause injuries to the nerves of the face. Depending on the severity of the scar, many times the victim will require plastic surgery or some other procedure, like dermabrasion, to minimize the appearance of the scar. Those procedures can often reduce the size or shape of the scar but rarely ever totally eliminate the scar. A noticeable scar to the face can cause psychological injuries to the victim as well, including low self-esteem and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Additionally, all medical procedures and surgeries carry their own risks. These include infections, anesthesia risks, and other complications. These procedures are very expensive and many times either the victim will not have medical insurance or the insurance policy will not fully cover the procedure.
A dog bite lawsuit can claim these damages as well in settlement negotiations or at the time of trial. We have obtained significant dog bite settlements for clients who have been bitten in the face by a dog. These settlements are for both adults and children.
Contact Our Michigan Dog Bite Attorneys
If you or someone you know was bitten in the face by a dog, you should contact our Michigan dog bite attorneys as soon as possible 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.
To get started on your case, call our award winning law firm at (800) 606-1717 and an attorney will be available to speak with you about your situation. If we determine you have a claim, we will begin working on the case immediately. There is nothing to lose, so call us today!