Grand Rapids Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

Grand Rapids Dog Bite LawyersOur dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in an Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids Dog Bite Laws?

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

Sec. 9.202.  Nuisance, Aggressive or Dangerous Animal.

A person who owns or has custody of a dog shall prevent the dog from engaging in nuisance, aggressive or dangerous behavior.

(Ord. No. 2003-06, § 1, 1-28-03)

Sec. 9.205.  Exposure to Rabies; Notice.

It shall be the duty of any person owning or harboring a dog which has been attacked or bitten by another dog or other animal showing symptoms of rabies, immediately to notify the Police Department or County Dog Warden of his or her possession of such dog.

(Ord. No. 2003-06, § 1, 1-28-03)

Sec. 9.209.  Running at Large Prohibited; Leash or Lead Required; Clean-Up Required.

(1)   A person who owns or has custody or control of a dog shall prevent the dog from running at large. A person who owns or has custody or control of a dog shall, at any time the dog is off that person's property, restrain the dog with a lead or leash no greater than six (6) feet in length.
(2)   A person who owns or has custody or control of an animal shall prevent the animal from defecating on any public or private property other than his or her own or shall immediately collect and properly dispose of all fecal matter deposited by the animal while it is off his or her property.

(Ord. No. 2003-06, § 1, 1-28-03)

Obtain Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:

Grand Rapids Police Department
1 Monroe Ctr. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids dog bite lawsuits. Call us today to learn more about Grand Rapids dog bite laws.

Grand Rapids Resources

  1. Grand Rapids District Court
  2. Kent County Circuit Court
  3. Grand Rapids Police Department 
  4. Grand Rapids Wiki Page

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