The Melvindale pit bull attack lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims seriously injured after being attacked by a pit bull. Our firm has successfully represented dog bite victims and their families for over 40 years throughout the State of Michigan, and has the knowledge, expertise, and experience in handling these types of cases. We have a track record of obtaining sizeable Michigan dog bite settlements, jury verdicts and providing the best service possible for our injured clients after being attacked by a pit bull.
Dog Bite Laws
Many cities and counties have ordinances regarding pit bulls and the responsibilities of dog owners. An owner or keeper of a dog who violates these ordinances can be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit to a dog bite victim that was attacked by a pit bull. The ordinances can be used to prove a case in addition to other Michigan dog bite laws.
Melvindale Pit Bull Laws
In Melvindale, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Melvindale City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:
Sec. 4-139. -
(a) It shall is unlawful for any person to acquire, possess or maintain, within the city any pit bull terrier.
(b) Any person who knowingly acquires, keeps, harbors, or maintains a pit bull terrier within the city after the effectiveness of the ban of the pit bull terriers, shall be guilty of a violation and subject to penalties.
(Ord. No. 495, § 4, 4-4-90)
Sec. 4-140. - Any person who, as of April 4, 1990, owns and possesses a licensed pit bull terrier, shall be excluded from the prohibition, however must maintain such dog under the restrictions and conditions of the city.
(Ord. No. 495, § 5, 4-4-90)
Dog Bite Lawsuits For Pit Bull Attacks
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.
Contact Your Melvindale Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Melvindale, you should call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with our top rated pit bull attack lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.