Dogs are a great source of companionship and unconditional love, but even the friendliest dog can become vicious and bite a child or adult. A severe dog bite can cause a dangerous injury with far-reaching consequences, including infection and disfiguration.Do You Have a Case?
Important facts about dog bites (based on information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, or CDC).
Under Michigan law, a dog’s previous “good behavior” does not shield a dog owner from responsibility if their dog attacks and bites another person. Even if the dog has never bitten before, a victim may still be able to file a lawsuit and collect damages.
The Michigan Dog Bite Statute, MCL 287.351, states:
If a dog bites a person, without provocation while the person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner of the dog, the owner of the dog shall be liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
Because the law requires that the dog bit the victim “without provocation,” owners and insurance companies will often claim the victim instigated the attack. While this assertion is usually incorrect, it takes an experienced dog bite lawyer to document and present a winning case.
Any dog can bite, regardless of breed, size or age. Even a dog that has never bitten before can suddenly turn vicious. Dogs tend to bite when they feel scared or threatened, or when they are protecting something valuable such as their puppies, food or toys.
Since children are the most frequent victims of dog bites, it is important to teach them how to behave around dogs. Here are some basic dog safety tips that apply to children and adults:
If you or your child is bitten by a dog:
“The long-term consequences and potential damages of a dog bite may not be readily apparent,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “That’s why it is so important to contact a qualified dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. We will evaluate your case and fight to make sure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.”
Michigan dog bite law is complicated, but finding the right dog bite lawyer is simple.
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