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Royal Oak Dog Bite Lawyers: Lawsuits & Settlements

royal oak michigan dog bite lawsWe often represent clients injured by dog bite and attacks.  These often result in serious injuries and require medical treatment.  We have obtained significant settlements for clients injured in these dog bite attacks. 

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.

Royal Oak Dog Bite Laws

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

Article III: Dogs

§ 195-21 Liability for damages caused by dogs.

Every owner of a dog shall be liable for damages for any and all injuries to person or property caused by such dog, to be determined and collected in appropriate civil proceedings, and nothing in this article shall be construed to impose any liability upon the City of Royal Oak, its agents or employees, for damages caused by such dog.

§ 195-22 Violations & Penalties 

  1. Any person or persons violating any of the provisions, except those provided for in Subsection B of this section, shall, upon convistion thereof, be subject to a fine of not to exceed $500 or imprisonment of not to exceed 90 days, or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.
  2. Violation of § 195-15
    1. A person violating § 195-15 for the first occasion is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and subject to a payment of a civil fine of not less than $200, plus costs.
    2. A person violating § 195-15 for a second occasion is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and subject to a payment of a civil fine of not less than $300, plus costs.
    3. A person violating § 195-15 for a third occasion is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and subject to a payment of a civil fine of not less than $500 and/or not more than 90 days in jail, and costs, at the discretion of the court.
  3. Exceptions. This section does not apply to any dog which is used as defined in MCLA § 393-351 for a blind person as defined in MCLA § 393-351, to a hearing dog for a deaf or audibly impaired person as defined in MCLA § 752.61, or to a service dog for a physically limited person as defined in MCLA § 125-1351

What To Do After A Royal Oak Dog Bite Attack

If you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog in Royal Oak, it is important to properly care for the wounds. If you have been bitten, you should:

  • Control the bleeding by placing a clean towel over the wound.
  • Keep the injured area elevated as best as possible.
  • Prevent infection by carefully washing the wound.
  • Apply a sterile bandage to the wound.
  • Immediately seek medical attention (Urgent Care, Emergency Room, Doctor's Office)

It is also important to properly document the attack and injury immediately after it has occurred. Follow these steps once the injury has been cared for and the victim is in stable condition.

  • Notify the Police or Animal Control and file a written report.
  • Take photographs of the injured area as soon as possible after the attack.
  • Contact an experienced dog bite attorney to see if you can recover compensation.

Contact Our Royal Oak Dog Bite Lawyers

If you or a family member has been attacked or injured by a dog in Royal Oak, you may be able to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for the injuries suffered. Our legal team has been handling dog bite attacks across Michigan for decades. We have the skill, knowledge and resources to recover the highest possible settlements in dog bite cases.

We do not charge any legal fees to file your lawsuit. In fact, we will pay for all case costs and litigation expenses throughout the duration of the suit. Only if your case is successful, will you be responsible for payment. We call this our No Fee Promise. If your case is not successful for any reason at all, you will owe us nothing. We put it all in writing for you.

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Warning: There are strict time deadlines for filing Michigan dog bite lawsuits. Call us to learn more about Michigan dog bite lawsuits and to see if you are entitled to a dog bite settlement award.

Lawrence J. Buckfire
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