Our Michigan dog bite lawyers represent victims of Pit Bull dog bites and attacks in cases throughout Michigan. We represent a wide range of clients in these cases, including children, postal workers, and utility workers. We have obtained significant settlements and jury verdicts in Michigan dog bite lawsuits and can do the same for you in your case.
Pit bulls are considered one of the most dangerous dog breeds to own. According to the National Canine Research Council, in 2010, 33 fatalities occurred within a human population of more than 308 million and a canine population estimated at over 78 million. Although pit bulls remain a small part of the dog population, they contribute to the majority of fatalities and injuries each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that from 2006-2008 pit bulls were found responsible for nearly 60% of deaths in the United States dog bite fatalities. Often times dog bites can result in severe injuries such as disfigurement resulting from scars, injection, broken bones, nerve damage, and even pain and suffering.
Michigan Dog Bite Laws
MCL Section 287.351 is the Michigan law for filing a claim or civil lawsuit for dog bites and attacks.
(1) If a dog bites a person, without provocation while the person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner of the dog, the owner of the dog shall be liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.
(2) A person is lawfully on the private property of the owner of the dog within the meaning of this act if the person is on the owner's property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him or her by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or if the person is on the owner's property as an invitee or licensee of the person lawfully in possession of the property unless said person has gained lawful entry upon the premises for the purpose of an unlawful or criminal act.
In addition to the dog bite statute, Michigan also has common laws that are used for victims to make claims for injuries caused in an attack. Under Michigan’s common law, the dog attack victim only has to prove that the owner of the dog knew (or should have known) that the dog had vicious propensities. A dog owner is also liable if the dog was not on a leash at the time of the attack if the attack occurred on public property, like a park, public street, or neighboring property.
Common Pit Bull Bite & Attack Injuries
The most common and typical injuries seen by our pit bull injury lawyers are:
- Puncture wounds
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement resulting from scars
- Bone Fractures
- Nerve Damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Dog Bite Death from fatal dog attacks
In addition to physical injuries, a dog bite victim often suffers from psychological damages as well. These psychological damages can include, but are not limited to, nightmares, post-traumatic stress syndrome, humiliation and embarrassment. A family member who witnesses another family member attacked by a pit bull may also have a claim for damages.
How We Help You After a Pit Bull Bite or Attack
Our pit bull attack attorneys will get the animal control reports, police reports, medical records, and medical bills. We then contact the insurance company for the dog owner to set up your claim. We will deal directly with the insurance adjuster to get your medical bills paid and you reimbursed for your out of pocket medical expenses.
We then negotiate with the insurance adjuster to get you the highest possible settlement for your case. If you do not receive a fair settlement offer, we file a dog bite lawsuit on your behalf. Suing for a dog bite doesn't have to be difficult and we handle everything from start to finish. We will do everything to make this a stress free process for you.
How Much are Pit Bull Attack Settlements?
There is no formula or guide to determine the amount of a pit bull settlement. The amount of a dog bite settlement award is determined from a number of factors, which include:
- The circumstances of the dog bite or attack
- The type of injuries suffered by the person bit by the dog
- The location of the injuries on the person bit by the dog (face, arms, legs, etc.)
- The amount of medical treatment needed by the dog bite victim and future medical treatment needed
- Whether there are permanent injuries, scars, & disfigurements
- The amount of medical expenses, bills, and lost wages
- The amount of insurance coverage for the dog owner
Our attorneys will evaluate all of these factors and discuss with you the likely dog bite settlement award for your case. Cases involving pit bulls often have high settlement awards due to the viciousness of the attack and the harm caused by the dog.
Our lawyers almost always get you substantially greater compensation than if you were to try to settle your case directly with the insurance company adjuster, even after our legal fees. This is often several times the highest settlement offer made to you.
Who Pays Your Pit Bull Settlement?
Dog attack settlements are typically paid by insurance company for the dog owner or the keeper of the dog. If the dog owner is a private individual, then the homeowner's insurance policy provides coverage to pay the claim, even if the attack did not occur at the home or on the property. If the attack occurs at a place of business, then a business liability insurance policy pays the settlement. When the person rents a home or apartment, there may be renter's insurance to cover the claim.
Many times, the dog bite occurs at the home of a friend, relative, or neighbor and the victim is reluctant to pursue a claim against someone they know. However, these claims are made strictly against the insurance company and not against the individuals so there is no personal liability from the dog owner. And no, the insurance company cannot force the owner to give away their pet.
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Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer No Fee Promise
Our Michigan dog bite lawyers will represent you in your pit bull attack case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Your Michigan Pit Bull Attack Lawyer
If you or a family member were attacked or bitten by a pit bull in Michigan , you should call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with our top rated dog bite 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.