Our Michigan dog bite lawyers represent victims of dog attacks. Injuries are often severe and include nerve injuries, fractured bones, and permanent disfiguring scars. These attacks can occur on private property, like at a friend or relative’s home, or in a public place such as a park or even street. A person who is bitten by a dog is entitled under Michigan law to be compensated for the injuries arising from that attack.
Michigan Dog Bite Laws
Michigan dog bite laws hold 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, but these defenses are difficult to prove are rarely ever successful.
The dog bite victim is entitled to damages for the pain and suffering caused by the injury as well as the fright and shock of the attack. If there is a scar or disfigurement from the bite, there is often substantial compensation for those injuries. Additionally, the insurance company of the dog owner must pay for all past and future medical expenses.
Contact Our Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or a family member is bitten by a relative’s 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.
Get started on your Michigan dog bite case today by calling us at (800) 606-1717 or fill in the orange Get Help Now box on this page. An attorney will get back to you shortly. There is nothing to lose, so contact us today so we can get started on recoving your settlement!