Our dog bite injury lawyers in Michigan represent victims of dog attacks in cases for personal injury damages. Our clients include both adults and children who are bitten by dogs on both public and private property. Injuries are often severe and include nerve injuries, fractured bones, and permanent disfiguring scars.
Quite often, the dog bite occurs at the home of a friend or neighbor. This often happens when the families get together for a social visit or holiday gathering. The dog may or may not have had a previous history of biting a visitor. This can obviously put a strain on friendship or relationship.
Legal Rights To Compensation In Michigan Dog Bite Cases
A person bitten by a friend’s dog does have legal rights to compensation for his or injuries. This can present an uncomfortable situation between two friends, but the animosity often begins immediately after the attack when the dog owner is unapologetic or relatively unconcerned about the dog attack. In fact, the dog owner will often blame the victim for causing the attack.
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. The only defense to the dog owner in these cases is if the victim provoked the attack or was a trespasser on the property.
The dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company usually pays a settlement to the dog bite victim. Family members do not have to worry about the relative paying a settlement out of their own pockets and insurance rates usually do not increase after this type of settlement payment. Contrary to public belief, the insurance company does not request that the family give away their pet and cannot legally make such a demand. 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.
Contact Our Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or a family member attacked or bitten by a dog at a friend’s house, you should contact our Michigan dog bite lawyers 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.
Call us today at (800) 606-1717 and an attorney will be available to speak with you about your situation. There is nothing to lose, so call our award winning legal team today!