Our dog bite injury lawyers in Michigan represent victims of dog attacks in cases for personal injury damages. Our clients include both adults and children and range from joggers to postal workers who are bitten by dogs on both public and private property. Injuries arc often severe and include nerve injuries, fractured bones, and permanent disfiguring scars.
Often times, a person is attacked and injured by a dog when they lawfully enter someone’s property, such as when someone is invited as a social guest. However, other times, a person can be attacked by a dog when they are simply walking alongside someone’s property, without even entering the property.
Michigan Tenant & Landlord Dog Bite Laws
While most people are aware that they have a legal right to sue the dog owner for these injuries, less widely known is that a person can sue the landlord of a tenant dog owner for injuries suffered due to the dog bite. However, in order to hold the landlord liable, several conditions must apply:
- Was the landlord aware of the dangerousness of the tenant’s dog?
For example, has the dog attacked or tried to attack someone in the past, and the landlord was made aware of it, or has the landlord witnessed the dangerous proclivities of the dog in person.
- Was the landlord’s response to a knowledge of dangerousness unreasonable?
If the landlord knew of the dangerousness of the dog, did he or she take reasonable steps to prevent injuries by the dog, such as erecting proper walls, posting warnings, and requiring tenant to take certain preventative actions.
- Was the person injured by the dog on the property or next to the property?
Courts will take into account the location of the dog bite incident. Where a person is attacked while lawfully on the property or next to it, the landlord will be liable. However, if the dog bite takes place at a location farther away from the property, the landlord will not be liable.
In these cases, the landlord’s homeowner's insurance company usually pays a settlement to the dog bite victim. Therefore, injured parties do not have to worry about the tenant neighbor having to pay out of pocket costs.
Contact Our Michigan Dog Bite & Animal Attack Attorneys
If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by a tenant's dog, you do have legal rights to sue the landlord and should contact our Michigan dog bite lawyers as soon as possible after the attack so that we can explain your legal rights to you and begin our investigation of the claim. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means we do not charge any legal fees or costs until we win your settlement. Call now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case.