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Rochester Dog Bite Lawyers

Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in a Rochester 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.

Michigan Dog Bite Laws

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.

Rochester Dog Bite Laws

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

Sec. 8-44.  Rabies prevention and control.

No person shall own or harbor a vicious dog or cat or a dog or cat that has been bitten by any animal known to be afflicted with rabies. Any person who shall have in his possession a dog or cat which has contracted, or is suspected of having contracted rabies or which has been bitten by any animal known to have been afflicted with rabies shall, upon demand of the health officer, or any police officer or designated authority of the city, produce and surrender such dog or cat to the health department or police department of the city to be held for observation or treatment. With the approval of the health department, any such dog or cat may instead by surrendered to a registered veterinarian, or to any approved nonprofit corporation organized for the purpose of sheltering dogs and cats. It shall be the duty of any person owning or harboring a dog or cat which has been attacked or bitten by another dog, cat or other animal showing the symptoms of rabies to immediately notify the police department that such person has such dog or cat in his possession. Whenever a dog or cat is brought to the shelter for having bitten a person, the animal warden or other duly authorized officer may, if deemed necessary and advisable, and after holding such dog or cat a sufficient length of time to meet the requirements of the health department for investigation, cause such dog or cat to be destroyed as a vicious dog or cat.

(Ord. No. 1991-15, 8-12-1991; Code 1982, § 9.2-9)

State law references:  Rules for control of rabies, MCL 287.270 et seq. 

Sec. 8-45.  Damages incurred.

Every owner of a dog or cat shall be liable for damages for any and all injuries to persons or property that may be caused by such dog or cat on any private property or public highway or other public place to be determined and collected in appropriate legal proceedings, in which proceedings any failure or refusal by such owner to comply with the requirements of this article shall constitute prima facie evidence of negligence.

(Ord. No. 1991-15, 8-12-1991; Code 1982, § 9.2-12)

State law references:  Common law liability for dogs, MCL 287.288. 

Rochester 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 report.  Our firm routinely obtains these for our clients. 

For a report filed with the Police Department in Rochester, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:

Rochester Police Department
400 Sixth Street
Rochester, MI 48307

No Fees Unless You Win A Rochester Dog Bite Settlement

We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you a Rochester dog bite settlement.

Contact Our Rochester Dog Bite Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Rochester, it is important that you contact our experienced dog bite attorneys today at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your story and start working on your case immediately.

Lawrence J. Buckfire
Best Michigan personal injury lawyer winning highest settlements for injury, malpractice, & accident victims.