Veterinarian Records Help Win Dog Bite Settlements

At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our attorneys have been successful in winning Michigan dog bite lawsuits for those victims who suffer serious injuries and permanent scarring due to a vicious canine attack.  Under the State’s law, a dog and its owner is held strictly liable for the harm from the attack unless the victim somehow provoked the animal.  Unfortunately for many victims the word “unless” comes to play more than one would think.  Often times, dog owners will try to avoid liability by arguing that their dog is friendly and gentle and only attacked because it was provoked or antagonized at the time of the incident.

Michigan does not in fact have a rule where the dog owner cannot be sued for an injury if the canine had never bitten anyone in the past.  However, in order to help win a settlement and prove that a victim did not provoke the attack, our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys will obtain the veterinarian records of the animal.  These records have disclosed information on previous bites on people and serious temperament problems which nullify the provocation defense.  The vet records are not required when trying to prove your claim, however this is one strategy our attorneys use to help our clients win their cases. By countering the defense with these records, we have helped several clients win their lawsuit and receive maximum settlement in their case.

The amount of compensation you can receive in a dog bite lawsuit is different in every case.  However, under Michigan law,  a victim can collect compensation for several different types of damages depending on the attack and the resulting injuries.  (more…)

Dearborn Heights Dog Bite Settlement

We recently settled a dog bite claim for a woman who was attacked in Dearborn Heights, Michigan by her neighbor’s dog.  The woman was walking her own dog in her neighborhood when an unleashed dog attacked both her and her dog.  She suffered bites to her hands and legs.  Her dog was also bitten and required veterinary care.

In Dearborn Heights, there are laws that apply to dog owners. A full completed list of pit bull ordinances can be found on the Dearborn Heights City website. Specifically, some laws are as follows:

Sec. 6-148.

  1. Any person who shall have in his possession an animal which has contracted rabies or has bitten any person shall, upon demand of the animal warden or any police officer, produce and surrender the animal for observation for a period of ten (10) days. Before any animal impounded by reason of the foregoing provision shall be released, the owner shall be required to pay a fee for each day the animal is impounded, which fee shall be specified by council resolution.
  1. A person who violates any portion of Sec. 6-148 is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Code 1969, § 9.114; Ord. No. H-02-10

Sec. 6-162.

Dearborn Heights considers dangerous or vicious animals to be canines that are exposed to rabies, previously found to be a dangerous or vicious animal, or any animal which is capable of inflicting death or serious injury on a person or domesticated animal and which possesses one or more or the following characteristics:

  1. Has attacked or bitten a person engaged in lawful activities.
  1. Has left the property of its owner and killed or seriously injured another animal.
  2. Has chased, confronted, or approached a person on the street, sidewalk, or public property in a menacing fashion such as would put a reasonably prudent person in fear of attack.
  3. Has exhibited a propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack, cause injury, or threaten the safety of persons or other domesticated animals.
  4. Has acted in a manner that causes or should cause its owner to know that it is potentially vicious and/or dangerous.

Ord. No. H-02-24, § I, 7-8-03; Ord. No. H-09-09, § 1, 10-27-09

On her behalf, we filed a claim against the owner of the attacking dog.  His insurance company agreed to pay a settlement for the pain and suffering caused by the attack and the resulting scars.  The insurer also paid the medical bills for all treatment related to the attack.

For more information about your rights after a dog attack in Dearborn Heights or throughout the State of Michigan, call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys now at (800) 606-1717.  We will discuss your case with you and explain your legal rights.  We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case.  Call today for your free, no obligation evaluation of your case.

Settlement in Commerce Township Dog Bite Attack

A Commerce Township dog bite attack settlement was recently won by our attorneys at the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. on behalf of a woman who was bitten while walking within her condominium complex.   Due to the vicious canine attack, the 65-year-old victim suffered serious injuries including multiple puncture wounds on her leg, permanent scarring, and psychological injuries.  The resulting injuries were so severe she was transported to Providence Park Hospital immediately after the incident by EMS.

Quite often, a person suffers dog bite injuries from an attack by a neighbors dog. Under Michigan  law, the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog is responsible for the attack, regardless of prior knowledge (called, “strict liability” laws) of the viciousness of the animal. Also, the negligence law is used to hold the owner responsible for the attack. This means that the dog owner is liable if the bite injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless in controlling the animal.

Our client lives in the condo complex in which she was attacked.  The canine was a 70-pound white mix breed dog.  The dog was loose at the time of the attack, and launched at our client, biting her several times on the back of her leg (calf area).

The lawsuit was filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court and we were able to attain a settlement for our client before going to trial in the amount of $42,000.  The settlement was paid by the dog owner’ insurance company.  In addition to the settlement, we were also able to receive reimbursement of our client’s medical bills due to her injuries in the amount of $885.00.  The insurance company responsible for reimbursement was Blue Cross Blue Shield.

For more information about your rights after being bitten or attacked by a neighbor’s dog, contact our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys as soon as possible so that we can explain your legal rights to you and begin our investigation of the claim.  We will represent you under our No Win No Fee Promise, which means we do not charge any legal fees or costs until we win your settlement. Call today at (800) 606-1717 or simply fill out the Get Help Now box to the right of this page and “Click to Send.” Our lawyers will be in contact with you shortly.

 

 

Vicious Sterling Heights Dog Bite Attack

Michigan dog bite lawyers at the personal injury law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are reporting on a vicious Sterling Heights dog attack that took place on Tuesday, September 3rd, around 8:40 p.m. on the 4800 block of Chadbourne Drive. According to police, a 54-year-old woman was walking her dog in the neighborhood when a boxer mix ran out the front door of a home she was passing nearby and started attacking her dog.  When the woman tried to protech her Cairn terrier, she herself was attacked by the vicious dog. Due to the attack, one of her fingers was bitten off and the tips of several of her other fingers were severed by multiple dog bites.  As a result of the canine attack, the dangerous dog owner was fined for harboring a vicious animal, as well as failure to restrain the dog and having the dog unlicensed.

I am so sorry to hear about this dog bite attack. I hope the injured victim has a fast recovery.

According to Insurance Information Institute, dog bites accounted for about 25% of all claims on homeowner’s insurance, costing more than $321 million in 2003. The limits for insurance coverage are different in every case, but most homeowner’s usually have a minimum of $100,000.00 in liability coverage. This means that the insurance company will pay the dog bite victim up to that amount if the injuries are severe enough. (more…)

Michigan Dog Bite Lawsuit Filed For Pit Bull Attack

The Michigan pit bull attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently filed a dog bite lawsuit in the Oakland County Circuit Court that was filed by a man who was attacked and bitten by a neighbors pit bull while walking his own dog in his front yard. The neighbor, the owner of the dog, was renting the home at the time of the accident resulting in damages against the dog owner as well as the landlord of the residence.Michigan Pit Bull Attorneys

According to Michigan law, 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 is 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.

Our client suffered several dog bite injuries including: bites, permanent scarring to his right wrist and forearm, as well as scrapes to his left leg and shin. The lawsuit is seeking damages for pain and suffering and disfigurement against his neighbor and land lord’s homeowner’s insurance for injuries suffered in the accident. (more…)

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