Oakland County Dog Bite & Attack Lawyers

Our dog bite lawyers in Oakland County represent victims of dog bites and attacks. These vicious attacks often result in serious injuries and require medical treatment.  Under Michigan law, a person injured by an attacking dog does have the legal right to be compensated for the harm and injuries suffered in the attack.

Common injuries from dog bites include lacerations to the face, arms, and legs that required stitches, puncture wounds, broken bones, and nerve damage.  Many times, a person falls during a dog attack or is knocked down by the dog and can suffer serious orthopedic injuries. In addition to the physical injuries, many dog bite victims suffer psychological damages and post-traumatic stress disorder as a direct result of the attack.

The Animal Control Ordinance – Oakland County sets forth the county dog bite laws.  According to Oakland County, “Any animal having a known disposition or propensity to attack, bite, or injury any person or animal without provocation is dangerous.  Any dog that “attacks”, “bites”, or “injures” a person, is in violation of the ordinance.  The violation of this ordinance will be used as evidence in a Michigan civil lawsuit. (more…)

Detroit Postal Workers Bitten By Dogs Is Common

Our dog bite lawyers represent United States postal workers and mail carriers who have been attacked while on their mail route. If you or someone you know is a postal worker who suffered serious injuries in a dog attack, call our top rated Michigan attorneys today at (800) 606-1717 to get help and learn your rights.

According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), most injuries that occurred from 2009 through 2012 on mail delivery routes were caused by either a fall or a dog bite. In fact, the USPS statistics show that on average, every week a postal carrier in the U.S. Post Office’s Detroit District is bitten. This statistic is alarming and unfortunately is increasing over the entire southeastern area of Michigan.

In Detroit, mail carriers have been confronted by packs of stray dogs. Other times, people simply do not control their pets.  In cases where a dog owner does not control their animal, they can be held liable under the law and may be sued for the victims injuries.

If you are a United States postal worker and suffer injury from a dog bite or is attacked by a any type of animal while delivering he mail, you do have legal rights. Serious injuries can result from an attack, including pain and suffering, disfigurement resulting from scars, infection, bone fracture injury, rabies, and even nerve damage.

In addition to the physical injuries, the consequences of an animal attack can include psychological damage, nightmares, medical expenses for plastic and reconstructive surgery, and lost income.Detroit Postal Workers

There are two types of claims that arise out of the dog attack under Michigan law.  The first claim is for workers compensation benefits, where the injured worker will receive wage loss benefits during the period of disability from the attack, and also receive medical expense benefits for all treatment related to injuries from the animal bite and/or attack.

The second claim is against the dog owner or animal owner for pain and suffering damages resulting from injuries from the animal bite or attack.

Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case with one of our top rated dog bite lawyers in Michigan.  We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.

 

 

Lawsuit Filed For Veterinarian Assistant Attacked By Dog

Under Michigan law, if a person is bitten or attacked while lawfully on premise, the owner or keeper of the dog can be held liable for the injuries suffered.  In fact, under Michigan law there are several statute’s that hold a pet owner liable for pain and suffering caused to the victim.  This law does apply to one of the most recent case filings our law firm filed on behalf of a woman who was an employee at a veterinarian’s office in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Our client, a 22-year-old girl, was assisting the veterinarian with an x-ray of a canine when suddenly after the x-ray was taken the animal attacked her and bit a part of her upper lip off.  She suffered significant damage to her upper lip that required facial reconstructive surgery.  In addition to initial surgery, further surgery may be required and she will have to follow up with the plastic surgeon.

Our Michigan dog bite lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of the young women in the Wayne County Circuit Court located in Detroit, MI.  No trial date has been set by the court.

The claim seeks compensation for damages including her pain and suffering, residual scarring and disfigurement that the dog bite left on her lip.  It was filed against the owner of the canine.  Her medical expenses and wage loss are currently being paid by a worker’s compensation carrier. (more…)

Deadly Dog Attacks on Children

In recent news, there have been two tragic stories of deadly dog attacks on children.  Both children, only aged four years old, were mauled to death while inside a home.  Lexi Branson, was attacked in her very own living room by the family dog while asleep on the floor.  The attacked occurred in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire.   Levi Watson was bitten by several pit bulls while inside the home of his mother’s friend.  His dog bite injuries were so severe that he died due to the severity of them. The canine attack occurred in White County, Arkansas.

These are very heartbreaking stories and our condolences go out to both families of the children killed in the vicious attacks.

In many families, dogs play an important role as guards, companions, and friends. Unfortunately, this partnership is not without problems. In recent years, it has become more and more apparent that dog bites are a serious and often underestimated public health problem.  In fact, children who are younger than 10 years represent the high-risk group for attacks and are usually bitten in the facial region. Statistics also prove that fatal dog attacks result most often when a sleeping child is attacked or there is more than one dog involved.  Both of these factors played a role in the two most recent tragic stories.

At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., our dog bite attorneys represent victims involved in deadly attacks and offer free, legal advice to help those who are suffering from a traumatic loss.  When a person is killed in Michigan, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  These lawsuits are filed against the dog owner and seek compensation for the pain and suffering endured by the loved one prior to death, the loss of society and companionship of the loved one, the loss of income (if applicable) and support, and payment of funeral and burial expenses. (more…)

$485,000 Dog Attack Settlement For Injuries To Child

The Michigan dog bite attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently settled a $485,000 lawsuit on behalf of  a two-year-old girl and her mother.  A dog viciously attacked the two-year-old girl when in ran through a hole in a fence while she was playing at a public park that was next to the Defendants (canine owner) property.  The incident occurred in Clyde Township, Michigan.  A lawsuit was filed on behalf of our minor client for her pain and suffering damages, as well as on behalf of the minor client’s mother for negligent infliction of emotional distress having witnessed the devastating attack and resulting bite injuries.

Injuries suffered to the child included severe lacerations to her face.  She was transported to the Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital for emergency revision.  One additional revision surgery was performed and future surgery will be necessary.  We sought compensation for her injuries against the dog owner for her pain and suffering, psychological damages, and medical expenses.  The case was settled prior to the one year anniversary of the attack.

Dog Bite Statistics

Whether you are an adult or a child, being attacked and bitten is a physically and emotionally traumatizing experience.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 800,000 people in the U.S. seek medical attention for animal bites and about 50 percent of them are children.  In fact, it is proven that children under the age of five are at the most risk suffering the most devastating of injuries.  (more…)

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