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Ferndale Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

Ferndale Dog Bite and Attack lawyers Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in a Ferndale 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.

Michigan Dog Bite Laws

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.

Ferndale Dog Bite Laws

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

Sec. 5-17.  Keeping of vicious dog prohibited.

No person shall own or harbor a vicious dog.

(Ord. No. 573, § V, 10-5-70)

Sec. 5-18.  Responsibility of owner for damage to person or property.

Every owner of a dog shall be liable for damages for any and all injuries to person or property that may be caused by such dog on any public highway or other public place, to be determined and collected in appropriate legal proceedings.

(Ord. No. 573, § I, 10-5-70)

State law references:  Common law liability, MSA § 12.539. 

Sec. 5-23.  Rabies suspected or rabid dogs.

(a)   Any person who shall have in his or her possession a dog which has contracted, or is suspected of having contracted rabies, or which has been bitten by an animal known to have been afflicted with rabies shall upon demand of the health officer, or any police officer of the city, produce and surrender said dog to the health department or police department of the city to be held for observation and/or treatment; provided, that with the approval of the health department, any such dog may be surrendered to a registered veterinarian, or to any approved nonprofit corporation organized for the purpose of sheltering dogs. It shall be the duty of any person owning or harboring a dog which has been attacked or bitten by another dog or animal showing the symptoms of rabies to immediately notify the police department that such person has such dog in his possession.
(b)   Whenever a dog has been brought to the pound or has been confined in a county health department accredited veterinarian hospital for observation for rabies, because of having bitten a person, such dog, if not rabid, shall be construed as a vicious dog and may, if deemed necessary and advisable and after holding such dog a sufficient length of time for investigation, be destroyed upon order of the court.

(Ord. No. 573, §§ I, VI, 10-5-70; Ord. No. 656, § 3, 4-26-77)

Ferndale 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 report.  Our firm routinely obtains these for our clients. 

For a report filed with the Police Department in Ferndale, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:

Ferndale Police Department
310 East Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220

No Fees Unless You Win A Ferndale Dog Bite Settlement

We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you a Ferndale dog bite settlement.

Contact Our Ferndale Dog Bite Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Ferndale, it is important that you contact our experienced dog bite attorneys today at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your story and start working on your case immediately.

Lawrence J. Buckfire
Best Michigan personal injury lawyer winning highest settlements for injury, malpractice, & accident victims.