Our dog bite lawyers can help you if you were injured in a Westland 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.
Westland Dog Bite Laws
In Westland, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the Westland City Ordinances. Specifically, they are as follows:
Sec. 18-13. Dog or animal quarantine.
(a) Whenever a dog or other warm-blooded animal has bitten a person, the dog or other warm-blooded animal shall be quarantined for a period of ten days. If the owner has proof of rabies vaccination, the animal may be quarantined on the premises. If there is no proof of vaccination, the animal must be quarantined at the animal shelter. If confined in the pound during quarantine, the owner shall be charged a special handling fee as required by the animal shelter.
(b) The mayor shall, at any time he considers it advisable for the public health and safety, have the authority to effect a warm-blooded animal quarantine by causing a notice entitled "Notice of Animal Quarantine" to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city and posted on the owners' premises providing for a period of time during which all warm-blooded animals within the city shall be confined upon the property of the owner. During such period, it shall be unlawful for the owner of any warm-blooded animal to permit such animal to cross the property line of the owner. The owners of all such animals shall be charged with the responsibility of enforcing such confinement. The quarantine shall take effect 24 hours after publication and continue during the time prescribed in such publication.
(Code 1981, § 6-15)
Sec. 18-44. Confinement or restraint.
The owner of a dangerous or vicious dog shall not suffer or permit such dog to be unconfined, either on or outside the premises of the owner, unless such dog is securely restrained, leashed and muzzled.
(Code 1981, § 6-33)
Westland 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 Westland, you should request the Animal Control report at the following location:
Westland Police Department
36701 Ford Road
Westland, MI 48185
No Fees Unless You Win A Westland Dog Bite Settlement
We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you a Westland dog bite settlement.
Contact Our Westland Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured or bitten by a dog in Westland, 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.