Our Michigan dog bite lawyers represent victims of dog bite injuries and attacks and their families in cases throughout the State of Michigan. We represent a wide range of clients in these cases, including , children, postal workers, and utility workers. There are specific Michigan dog bite laws that apply to these cases. Owners and keepers of dogs in Michigan are strictly liable for dog bites and attacks. This means that the dog bite victim does not have to prove that the owner was negligent, only that he or she was bitten or attacked. Our Michigan dog bite lawyers help bring justice to dog bite victims who suffer injuries and to their families who have lost a loved one due to a dog attack.
Common Types of Michigan Dog Bite Injuries
Our Michigan dog bite lawyers pursue cases for many different types of injuries caused from the dog attack. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement resulting from scars
- Bone Fracture Injury
- Nerve Damage
In addition to physical injuries, a dog bite victim can often suffer from psychological damages as well. These psychological damages can include, but are not limited to, nightmares, embarrassment, medical expenses for plastic and reconstructive surgery, and lost income.
Michigan Dog Bite Injury & Attack Cases
Victims and their families can file a lawsuit against the dog owner for the injuries suffered. A lawsuit for a Michigan dog bite must be filed with the court, unless the insurance company settles the claim sooner. Once the lawsuit is filed, a claim for damages and losses is made and proof of the dog bite attack injury is documented through medical records, medical bills, photographs, and any witnesses that were at the scene of the attack. In fact, our Michigan dog bite lawyers recommend victims to take photos and descriptions of the place where the attack occurred to help assist your case and get the best possible dog bite settlement.
Other useful evidence a victim should collect at the time of the attack include the names of the dog and dog owner, the dog owner’s address, addresses and names of people who witnessed the attack, and medical evaluation of the wound by the treating physician. In situations in which a victim dies due to the injuries suffered in the dog attack, the family can file a Michigan wrongful death claim for the loss of their loved one.
Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer No Fee Promise
Our Michigan dog bite lawyers will represent you in your Michigan dog bite injury and attack case under our NO FEE PROMISE. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a family member suffer injuries in a dog bite attack, you should contact our Michigan dog bite lawyers immediately. We have attained substantial Michigan dog bite lawsuits for victims of dog bite attacks, and we can do the same for you. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan dog bite attorneys about your case.
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Our Michigan dog attack lawyers recently settled a claim for a 46-year-old woman who was knocked to the ground by a Rottweiler owned by a neighbor that attacked the Sheepdogs she was walking in her neighborhood. The incident occurred in Waterford, Michigan.
The incident occurred as our client was walking her two Sheepdogs on the sidewalk in her neighborhood. During the walk, they passed by a dog owner who was standing in the street with her Rottweiler on a retractable leash. The dog owner was standing next to an SUV talking to the woman inside. As they passed by, the Rottweiler charged the Sheepdogs causing the leash to retract and in so doing knocked both a Sheepdog and our client to the ground.
The dog owner was aware that her dog and our client’s dogs have had encounters in the past and she was also aware that our client was walking her dogs down the sidewalk. Despite this knowledge, she neglected to properly control her dog and lock the leash when our client came walking by. In this case, however, the story of the incident was disputed as both the dog owner and the woman in the SUV testified that our client was never knocked to the ground in the incident. Our client sustained leg pain and knee strain for which she attended multiple sessions of physical therapy and was prescribed medication.
We filed a lawsuit on her behalf seeking compensation against the dog owner for pain and suffering and medical expenses. Depositions were taken of the parties and medical records were exchanged. The case proceeded to case evaluation, and the evaluation panel award $15,000.00 on the case. Both parties accepted the case evaluation award and the case settled for same.
If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by a dog that was unrestrained, you should contact our Michigan dog bite lawyers as soon as possible at 800-606-1717 after the attack so that we can explain your legal rights to you and begin our investigation of your 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.
On July 23rd, a Metamora Township man was mauled to death by two large dogs who escaped from their owner’s home. Craig Sytsma, 46, of Livonia, was jogging near his work around 5:30 p.m. when he was blindsided by two cane corsos, a breed of dog that averages around 100 pounds. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family.
According to police reports, this is the third incident involving the same dogs since 2012. Under Michigan law, involuntary manslaughter charges may be brought against the owner of the dog. The Michigan Statute for criminal charges related to dog attacks is 287.321.:
(a) “Dangerous animal” means a dog or other animal that bites or attacks a person, or a dog that bites or attacks and causes serious injury or death to another dog while the other dog is on the property or under the control of its owner.
Bob Lantzy, the dog bite lawyer at our firm, was contacted by the Detroit News for comment. The newspaper reported the tragedy last week. The family should also consider filing a Michigan Wrongful Death lawsuit. A full investigation of the civil claim should include obtaining all prior dog bite complaints and all prior criminal and civil charges filed against the dog owners. Based upon news reports, it is terrible that the dogs were not previously removed by animal control.
Our Michigan dog bite injury lawyers handle cases involving dog bites and attacks throughout the state of Michigan for personal injury damages. Dog bite attacks can be a very traumatic and frightening experience for anyone to have to go through. The injuries sustained from a dog bite can be considerable. They may include broken bones, scarring, deformities, serious lacerations, permanent nerve damage, and even death. Many may also suffer psychological and emotional distress, well after the dog bite attack incident occurred. Victims bitten by a dog do have the right to file a claim in Michigan against the owner of the aggressive dog.
Quite often, the dog bite occurs at the home of a friend or neighbor. This often happens when the families get together for a social visit or holiday gathering. The dog may or may not have had a previous history of biting a visitor. Making a claim against your friend for a dog bite attack can obviously put a strain on friendship or relationship, but your friend should understand that you are not seeking their personal assets and intend to make an insurance claim.
In these cases, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company usually pays a settlement to the dog bite victim. The dog bite victim does not have to worry about the friend paying a settlement out of their own pockets and insurance rates usually do not increase after this type of settlement payment. Therefore, if both friends act in a civil manner after the attack they can still maintain their relationship after the victim is fairly compensated for the dog bite injuries.
If you or a family member is bitten by a dog at a friend’s house, you should contact our Michigan dog bite injury 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.
Our Michigan dog bite injury lawyers will represent you in your Michigan dog bite lawsuit case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever, unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Our Clare County Michigan pit bull dog attack lawyers recently settled a claim for a 7 year old boy. The minor client was attacked by a pit bull dog while being babysat by a neighbor. Our client suffered serious injuries in the pit bull attack, including scars on his scalp, arm, and a fractured orbital bone. The minor client was taken to the emergency room immediately after the attack. No lawsuit was filed on behalf of the minor. The claim was settled with the insurance company pre-suit. The case was settled for $55,000.00.
Often times, a dog attack does occur at the property of a neighbor, friend, or acquaintance. Nonetheless, if the person is bitten while lawfully on the property, the owner or keeper of the dog can be held liable for the injuries under Michigan law. In fact, there are several dog bite laws in Michigan that can be used in favor of the victim and hold the dog owner liable. The main statute, called the Michigan dog bite statute, clearly states that an owner of the dog is liable and can be sued for a victims injuries.
If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by dog that was unrestrained, you should contact our Michigan dog bite lawyers as soon as possible at (800) 606-1717 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.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week begins May 18th, 2014! Every year during the third week of May we take time to focus on educating people about how to prevent dog bites from occurring. In the United States, there are an estimated 70 million household dogs, and every year millions of people are bitten. The majority of people bitten are children, and the majority of these bites are also preventable.
Of the millions of people who are bitten by dogs every year, 1 in 5 require medical attention for the bite. Roughly 31,000 people undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of a dog bite. Additionally, males are much more likely to be bitten than females. In 2011, dog bite claims accounted for one third of all homeowners’ liability insurance claims, costing almost $479 million.
The average dog bite claim payment in 2011 was $29,396, which is an increase of 53.4% from 2003. Take time to educate yourself and others during National Dog Bite Prevention Week and together we can start preventing these injuries from occurring.