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Provocation & Dog Bite Lawsuits

Our Michigan dog bite lawyers represent adults children injured due to dog bites and dog attacks.  Many times, lawsuits are filed because the insurance company for the owner of the dog refuses to pay a settlement.  There are not many legal defenses to dog bite cases in Michigan, but the dog owner can argue that the dog attack was the result of the dog being provoked by the victim.  This is called the "Provocation Defense."

Under Michigan law, "provocation" means any action or activity, whether intentional or unintentional, which would reasonably be expected to cause a dog in similar circumstances to react in a manner similar to that shown by the evidence.

 The owner of a dog that bites or attacks a person may avoid responsibility if the injured person provoked the attack.  This might include pulling the dog's tail, hitting the dog with a stick, or some similar type of action that would cause the dog to bite and attack.  Small children often do not understand that their playful actions might agitate a dog and cause an attack, and believe that the dog is having fun with them. 

When the dog owner or their insurance company raises the "Provocation Defense," it is important to have an experienced Michigan dog bite lawyer on your side.   For more information about dog bite cases in Michigan, you should request our FREE BOOK, "The Ultimate Michigan Dog Bite & Animal Attack Handbook."  You should also contact us to discuss your child's Michigan dog bite case.

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