Spring is finally here, and we look forward to spending more time outdoors. While the fresh air and sunshine are invigorating, there is also a higher chance of dog bites in warm weather months. Dog bites can cause severe harm, both physical and psychological, and the majority of victims are children. If a dog bites you or your child and causes serious injury, you may be able to sue the owner for damages. Here is what you need to know about the dog bite statute of limitations in Michigan and filing a dog bite lawsuit.Do You Have a Case?
Statute of Limitation For Filing a Dog Bite Lawsuit in Michigan
A statute of limitations refers to the legal time limit for filing a lawsuit in a personal injury case. The statute of limitations which controls a dog bite case in Michigan is generally (3) three years. In certain limited circumstances, this three year filing limitation may be extended for a greater amount of time. For example, if the victim of the dog-bite is a minor child, than the time limit in which to file a lawsuit is extended until the child’s 19th birthday. However, as with any personal injury claim, it is always best to consult with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.
In addition, there are some exceptions to the three-year statute of limitations for dog bites. If a child (or anyone under 18) is injured by a dog, the time limit is extended until the minor’s 19th birthday. Again, it’s not advisable to wait that long, especially since the parents can act on the child’s behalf. A knowledgeable attorney will ensure the parents receive the settlement they deserve.
In addition, it may be possible to extend the filing deadline if the victim dies as a result of the dog bite.
Because children are the most common dog bite victims, it’s important to teach them basic dog safety strategies.
The following tips will help children and adults stay safe around dogs whether they are familiar or unknown:
“Dogs can be a great source of companionship and fun as long as we take basic safety precautions,” says Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “And, if you or your child is injured by a dog, call us. We will fight to win the compensation you and your family deserve.”
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