Sturgis, MI Pit Bull Attack Settlement For Child

Our Michigan dog attack attorneys recently settled a lawsuit on behalf of a one-year-old toddler who was viciously attacked by a dog while she was with her mother visiting one of her mother’s friends in Sturgis, Michigan.

The mother’s friend was babysitting a pit bull that was owned by her boyfriend. Prior to our clients coming over, the mother’s friend had locked the dog in a bedroom. However, while our client was over, the dog was whining and barking so the mother’s friend let it out of the bedroom. The dog came over to the toddler who was sitting on her mother’s lap in the couch and began licking the toddler’s feet and then suddenly without provocation jumped up and bit the toddler in the face. The dog owner testified that he had multiple conversation with the mother’s friend prior to the incident where he told her the dog was very protective, not used to being around kids, and they agreed that if any kids were ever over her home while the dog was there the dog would be kept shut in a room away from the kids.

The child suffered a laceration on her forehead and two lacerations on her lower cheek from the dog bites.   Dermabound was applied to the wounds at the hospital, and wounds left permanent scarring which became more noticeable with temperature change and emotion.

If a person is bitten while lawfully on the property or on public property such as in the street or sidewalk, 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 the owner of a dog is liable and can be sued for a victim’s injuries. The keeper or babysitter of a dog may be held liable if it can be proven that the keeper was negligent in causing the resulting dog bite attack, and usually requires a showing that the keeper had knowledge of the abnormal dangerous propensities of the dog.

We filed a lawsuit in St. Joseph, Michigan on our client’s behalf seeking compensation for her injuries against the babysitter of the dog for pain and suffering damages, medical expenses, and for damages related to the residual scarring and disfigurement that the dog bite left on her face.  The insurance company for the dog owner agreed to pay a settlement in the amount of $ 72,500.00 to the child.

How To Bring A Michigan Dog Bite Lawsuit

Want to bring a Michigan dog bite lawsuit?  Here is what you need to know to get started on your case.

First, it is essential that you choose the best dog bite lawyer for your case.  Our award winning attorneys have won the highest settlements in Michigan in dog attack cases.   We use our skill, experience, and knowledge to prove liability against the dog owner to maximize the amount of your settlement.  We will do the same for you.

There are several important things that our lawyers do before we ever file a dog bite lawsuit. First, we fully investigate the case and gather all evidence, including witness statements and photographs of the dog bite injuries. We often hire  investigators to document the incident and have a professional photographer take photographs of the scars to best show the severity of the injury.

We also get all of your medical records, medical bills, and expenses related to your care and treatment.  If you suffered lost wages due to the attack, we get documentation to prove the amount of your loss.   This information can be very valuable and can assist in obtaining the best possible settlement for your Michigan dog bite lawsuit.

Process To Bring A Michigan Dog Bite Lawsuit

We start by filing a Michigan Dog Bite Complaint and Jury Demand with the court, unless the insurance company settles the claim sooner. Typical damages a dog bite victim can receive compensation for include:

  • Scars & Disfigurement: If the bite causes scarring or other unsightly marks, your are entitled to recovery for disfigurement.
  • Pain and suffering: This is the right to compensation for physical pain and suffering and mental anguish you have suffered and could possibly endure in the future.
  • Loss of Earnings: You are entitled to recover for the loss of earning which you suffered from your injuries. This includes wages, commissions, bonuses, and all other earnings and fringe benefits.
  • Medical Expenses: Medical expenses that you had to pay for at hospital, clinic, or to a pharmacy.

After the Dog Bite Lawsuit Is Filed

Once the lawsuit is filed, a claim for damages and losses is made and proof of the dog bite attack injury is documents through medical records, medical bills, photographs, and any witness statements that were at the scene of the attack. Many dog bite attack lawsuits are settled out of court because there are very few legitimate defenses to a dog bite case.

However, if both parties cannot agree on a settlement amount, the judge will set a trial date. Although we settle more than 95% of our lawsuits before going to trial, we have a tremendous track record of success in jury trials.   The jury will then determine how seriously you were injured, and the appropriate amount of compensation for your injuries.

Our Michigan Dog Bite Settlements

We settle over 97% of our dog bite cases before going to court. We achieve these results by carefully evaluating all aspects of your case, which includes the animal control report, witness statements, medical records, and photographs.  Unlike other law firms, we do not “discount” our cases to the insurance company just make a quick fee.   Our lawyers spend significant time and effort on every case to maximize the best possible settlement for our client.

No Fee Promise Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers

Our NO FEE PROMISE guarantees you that you will receive the best possible legal representation for your Michigan dog bite or dog attack case at no cost, unless you receive a recovery in your case. If we agree to accept your accident case, we will perform all of the legal work and pay all of the file costs and expenses. We only charge legal fees if you receive a settlement in your case and we get paid at the end of the case.

Contact A Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer

For more information about getting the best settlement for your Michigan dog bite case and to speak with one of our Michigan dog bite attorneys, call us now at (800) 606-1717 or simply submit the contact form on this page and we will get back to you quickly.

Dog Bite Settlement Amounts & Compensation

Dog bite settlement amounts and compensation in Michigan are based upon a number of factors.  These include:

  • The severity and type of your injuries (lacerations, puncture wounds, nerve damage)
  • The location of any scar or disfigurement (scars on the face, arms, legs)
  • The permanency of any scar or disfigurement
  • Your age and gender
  • Any psychological trauma you suffered from the dog bite attack
  • Any psychological injuries caused by the scars
  • The amount of medical treatment received for your dog bite injuries
  • Any future medical care and treatment that you may require
  • The amount of medical bills incurred due to the dog attack
  • The amount of lost wages you have incurred due to the dog bite attack
  • Whether the dog owner has insurance to pay a settlement and the policy limits
  • The city or county where the accident occurred
  • The lawyer that you have chosen to handle your Michigan dog bite case

There is no “settlement calculator” to determine the right settlement amount. Every dog bite case is different and determining your settlement amount requires a review by an experienced Michigan dog bite lawyer.  We are able to look at all of the factors and then recommend the appropriate settlement amount and compensation for your case.  We then negotiate the highest possible settlement with the insurance company.

 Our Michigan Dog Bite Settlements

Our attorneys settle over 97% of our dog bite cases before going to court. We achieve these results by carefully evaluating all aspects of your case, which includes the animal control report, witness statements, medical records, and photographs.  Unlike other law firms, we do not “discount” our cases to the insurance company just make a quick fee.   Our lawyers spend significant time and effort on every case to maximize the best possible settlement for our client.

No Fee Promise Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers

Our NO FEE PROMISE guarantees you that you will receive the best possible legal representation for your Michigan dog bite or dog attack case at no cost, unless you receive a recovery in your case. If we agree to accept your accident case, we will perform all of the legal work and pay all of the file costs and expenses. We only charge legal fees if you receive a settlement in your case and we get paid at the end of the case.

Contact A Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer

For more information about getting the best settlement for your Michigan dog bite case and to speak with one of our Michigan dog bite attorneys, call us now at (800) 606-1717 or simply submit the contact form on this page and we will get back to you quickly.

How To Win A Michigan Dog Bite Settlement

To win a Michigan dog bite settlement, you must first prove that the owner of the dog is legally liable for your injuries.  This is very straightforward in Michigan under both the Michigan Dog Bite Statute and under common law negligence.  Essentially, the owner or harborer of a dog is automatically liable if a dog bites you on public property and in most instances on private property.  The only exceptions are if you are a trespasser on private property or if you provoked the dog attack.  Otherwise, you are entitled to a settlement.

Choosing the best attorney for your case is the most important decision that you will make for your dog bite claim.  These factors go into winning the highest possible settlement for your case:

-The severity and type of your injuries
-The location of any scar or disfigurement
-The permanency of any scar or disfigurement
-Your age and gender
-Any psychological trauma you suffered from the dog bite  attack
-Any psychological injuries caused by the scars
-The amount of medical treatment received for your dog bite injuries
-Any  future medical care and treatment that you may require
-The amount of medical bills incurred due to the dog attack
-The amount of lost wages you have incurred due to the dog bite attack
-Whether the dog owner has insurance to pay a settlement
-The city or county where the accident occurred
-The lawyer that you have chosen to handle your Michigan dog bite case

Unfortunately, there is no “settlement calculator” to enter this information into determine the reasonable settlement amount.  Every dog bite case is different and determining the fair settlement amount requires careful analysis by an experienced Michigan dog bite lawyer.

 Our Michigan Dog Bite Settlements

We settle over 97 % of our dog bite cases before going to court.  We achieve these results by carefully evaluating all aspects of your case, which includes the animal control report, witness statements, medical records, and photographs.  Unlike other law firms, we do not “discount” our cases to the insurance company just make a quick fee.   Our lawyers spend significant time and effort on every case to maximize the best possible settlement for our client.

No Fee Promise Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers

Our NO FEE PROMISE guarantees you that you will receive the best possible legal representation for your Michigan dog bite or dog attack case at no cost, unless you receive a recovery in your case.

If we agree to accept your accident case, we will perform all of the legal work and pay all of the file costs and expenses. We only charge legal fees if you receive a settlement in your case and we get paid at the end of the case.

Contact Our Top-Rated Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers

For more information about getting the best settlement for your  Michigan dog bite case  and to speak with one of our Michigan dog bite attorneys, call us now at (800) 606-1717 or simply submit the contact form on this page and we will get back to you quickly.

$ 40,000 Mt. Pleasant Dog Bite Settlement For Child

Our dog bite attorneys recently won a $ 40,000.00 settlement for a nine year old girl in an Isabella  County, Michigan lawsuit.  Our client was a guest at a friend’s house and was playing on the floor with her siblings.  Suddenly and unexpectedly, the family dog bit her in the face causing several puncture wounds.  She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and received stitches.

The bite left two small scars on her face.  She was treated by a plastic surgeon and the marks are now barely visible on her face.  She will not require any additional medical care and treats it with a non-prescription cream at night.  She has made a nice recovery from the attack.

We filed a lawsuit in the Isabella County Circuit Court in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  Numerous depositions were taken of the parties and other eyewitnesses.  The dog owner had homeowner’s insurance coverage agreed to pay a settlement of $ 40,000.00 before a jury trial.  The child’s funds will be placed in a structured settlement policy to use as a college fund beginning at age eighteen.

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 the Best Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers

If you or a family member suffered injuries in a dog bite attack, you should contact our Michigan dog bite lawyers immediately. We have obtained substantial compensation and settlements for victims of dog bite attacks.   Tell us your story and we will get started on your case today. 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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