Our Michigan dog bite lawyers represent victims of dog bites and animal attacks in cases throughout Michigan. We represent a wide range of clients in these cases, including children, postal workers, and utility workers.
Dog Breeds That Cause The Most Injuries and Death
A breed of a dog is a group of dogs that have similar or almost identical characteristics in their aspect or behavior, or generally both. Statistics prove that some breeds of dogs are often more dangerous then others. According to a Vet Med Special Report (JAVMA, Vol. 217, No. 6, September 15,2000) the top five breeds responsible for 64.9% of all dog bite fatalities in September 2000 were:
- Pit bull (26.95% of dog bite fatalities)
- Rottweiler (15.6% of all dog bite fatalities)
- German Shepherd
More recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that from 2006-2008 pit bulls were found responsible for nearly 60% of deaths in the United States dog bite fatalities. Other dangerous breeds include Dalmatian, Pres Canario, Doberman Pinschers, Boxer, and Chow Chow.
Is a Dog Dangerous Because of the Dog Owner or the Breed of the Dog?
Statistics do prove that certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous than others; however that doesn't necessarily mean that every dog of that breed is dangerous. Part of a dog's behavior is their breed but the other half has to do with the dog owner. A dog is more likely to be dangerous if the dog owner encourages aggressive behavior.
Risks of Owning a Dangerous Dog
Dogs do provide a sense of security for people and property. If you own a dog, there are precautions you should take to make sure others do not get attacked or injured by your dog and to make dog ownership safe for you.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta advise dog owner that:
- Owners should carefully choose your pet dog by evaluating the environment and lifestyle
- Potential owners should speak with a professional to determine the appropriate type of pet
- Dogs should be neutered to reduce aggressive tendencies
- Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog
- Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog
- Children be taught basic safety around dogs and reviewed regularly
- Dogs with histories of aggression are inappropriate for families with children
- Owners should not play aggressive games with their dogs
- If bitten, the bite should be reported immediately
Michigan Dog Bite Laws
There are specific Michigan laws that apply to dog bite cases. Owners and keepers of dogs in Michigan are strictly liable for dog bites and attacks. This means that the dog bite victim does not have to prove that the owner was negligent, only that he or she was bitten or attacked by the dog. There are also strict Michigan leash laws that hold the dog owner liable if their unleashed dog bites or attacks an innocent person.
Owners of dogs should know important information about their dog and things that they can do to prevent dog bites and attacks.
Our No Fee Promise For Michigan Dog Bite Injury Cases
We will represent you in your Michigan dog bite injury case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member has been injured by a dog in Michigan, you should contact our Michigan dog bite lawyers immediately. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 or fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form and we will get back to you quickly