Settlements For Michigan Dog Bites

Michigan dog bite settlements are usually paid by the homeowners insurance company for the owner of the dog.  Almost all homeowners insurance policies cover dog bites and attacks in Michigan.  The company will defend the dog owner in a lawsuit, investigate the case, and then determine whether to pay a settlement to the victim.  Many of these cases result in substantial settlements and jury verdicts.

Getting the best settlement for your Michigan dog bite claim is a job for an experienced attorney.   Our Michigan dog bite lawyers have obtained significant settlements to compensate victims of dog bites and attacks for over forty years.  We have also won substantial jury verdicts in dog bite cases for our injured clients.

Settlements for dog bite injuries are determined by a number of factors and specific facts related to an incident.  Factors that go into determining the amount of a settlement include:

  • The facts surrounding the incident itself and the ferociousness of the dog attack.
  • The size of any scars or disfigurements resulting from the dog bite.  Location of the bite is also a big factor in determining fair compensation because scars on the face and arms generally receive higher compensation because they are more conspicuous, especially on women and children.
  • Psychological trauma from the dog bites attack, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • The type of medical treatment you received for your dog bite injuries, such as emergency treatment in a clinic or hospital, stitches, plastic surgery, or other medical care.
  • If you will need future treatment for your dog bite injuries, this would likely increase the amount of your settlement.
  • The total amount of medical bills and expenses incurred due to the attack.
  • The amount lost wages and income you suffered from work time missed from the dog attack.
  • The social effects that the injuries from the dog bite have had on your life.
  • The amount of the insurance policy limits available from the dog owner’s insurance policy, which is usually either a business policy or homeowner’s insurance policy.There is no specific formula and you must rely on the skill and expertise of your lawyer to maximize your compensation.   Any person bitten or attacked by a dog in Michigan is entitled to compensation for pain and suffering damages, unless that person was a trespasser on private property or  provoked the dog into the attack.  Our dog bite lawyers understand how to maximize the compensation you receive to settle your case.

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    Our NO FEE PROMISE guarantees you that you will receive the best possible legal representation for your Michigan dog bite case at no cost, unless you receive a settlement in your case.   If we accept your 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 compensation in your case and we only get paid our fees at the end of the case.  This is a No Fee, No Win agreement.

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    For more information on how you can receive the best compensation after your Michigan dog bite or attack, call now to speak with one of our attorneys about your case, call us now at (800) 606-1717 or simply submit the GET HELP NOW form on this page and we will get back to you quickly.

Howell Dog Bite Lawsuit Filed In Livingston County

Our Michigan dog bite lawyers filed a lawsuit in the Livingston County Circuit Court for a woman bitten on the face by a dog.  She was visiting a neighbor’s home when the family dog jumped up and bit her on the face.  She suffered a hole through her cheek which required plastic surgery.  She has a permanent scar on her face from the dog attack.

A person bitten by a neighbor’s dog has the legal right to sue for compensation under Michigan law if lawfully on the property.   There are several dog bite laws in Michigan that can be used in favor of the victim and holds the dog owner liable.  The main statute, called the Michigan Dog Bite statute, clearly states that an owner of the dog is strictly liable and can be sued for a victim’s injuries.

Compensation sought in a dog bite lawsuit is for pain and suffering, fright and shock, and scarring and disfigurement.  Many dog bite victims also suffer psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder and compensation is available for those claims as well.   The cost of hospital and medical expenses can also be claimed.  If the victim will need future plastic or cosmetic surgery, the amount of that treatment is included in the settlement demand.

The home-owner’s insurance company for the owner of the dogs will ultimately pay a significant settlement in this case.  The court has not set a date for the jury trial. 

If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by a dog that was unrestrained, you should contact our Michigan dog bite attorneys 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 a no-fee promise, which means we do not charge any legal fees or costs until we win your settlement.

Ferndale Lawyer Wins Dog Bite Settlement

Our Michigan dog attack lawyers recently settled claim for 25 year old female who was attacked and bitten multiple times by two boxer/pitbull mixed dogs which were loose and roaming a park. The incident occurred in Ferndale, Michigan.

Our client had been driving her motor vehicle and noticed the two dogs roaming loose in Geary Park in Ferndale, Michigan. She noticed the dogs had tags so she exited her vehicle and approached the dogs as a good Samaritan to attempt to read the tags to find out where the dogs belonged. Suddenly, without provocation, both dogs attacked and bit our client.  As it turns out, the dogs resided at a home near the park. The dog owner was away and the dogs were being babysat by someone at the home and the dogs had gotten loose from the property. The police report indicated that the police were familiar with these dogs as they had investigated prior bite incidents involving these dogs in the past.

Sometimes, a dog attack does occur when a dog is let out of the house and bites the person. If a person is bitten while lawfully on the property, or on public property, such as in the street or in a public park, the dog 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 holds the dog owner liable.  The main statute, called the Michigan Dog Bite statute, clearly states that an owner of the dog is strictly liable and can be sued for a victim’s injuries.

Our client sustained four puncture wounds on the right calf and three lesions on the left calf.   She went to the hospital the day of the attack and the wounds were cleaned and treated with topical ointments. She followed up with a family doctor who prescribed medication.  She also followed up with a counsellor regarding nightmares she had had since the attack.  The attack left very little residual scarring. We filed a claim on her behalf seeking compensation against the dog owner for her pain and suffering and minor medical expenses. The home-owner’s insurance company for the owner of the dogs has agreed to pay her a $22,500.00 settlement. This case was settled before a lawsuit was ever needed to be filed.

If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by a dog that was unrestrained, you should contact our Michigan dog bite attorneys 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 a no-fee promise, which means we do not charge any legal fees or costs until we win your settlement.

Flat Rock Dog Bite Settlement for Veterinary Assistant

Our Michigan dog attack attorneys recently settled a lawsuit on behalf of a 22 year old young lady who was viciously attacked by a dog while she was working as an assistant in a veterinarian’s office.  The attack occurred in Flat Rock, Michigan.

The attack occurred while our client was assisting the veterinarian in performing an x-ray of the dog that the Defendant dog owner had brought in for an appointment.  After the taking of the x-ray, the dog suddenly snapped at our client without warning and bit a part of her upper lip off, requiring medical treatment.

 Our client suffered significant damage to her upper lip, which required facial reconstructive surgery and follow-up visits to the plastic surgeon to determine if further surgery would be necessary.  The bit also left residual scarring which remains visible even after her surgery.

 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 that the owner of the dog is liable and can be sued for a victim’s injuries.

 We filed a lawsuit in the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan on her behalf seeking compensation for her injury against the dog owner for her pain and suffering damages, and for damages related to the residual scarring and disfigurement that the dog bite left on her lip.  Her medical expenses and wage loss are being paid by a workers’ compensation carrier.  Depositions were taken of the parties and medical records were exchanged.  The case proceeded to case evaluation where the case was valued at $125,000.00.  In further negotiation, however, the parties agreed to resolve this matter for $150,000.00.

 If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by a dog, you should contact our Michigan dog bit lawyers as soon as you can 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 then represent you under our No Fee Promise which means we do not charge any legal fees or costs until we win your matter.

Dog Bite Lawsuit Filed in Isabella County, Michigan

Our dog bite lawyers recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an 8 year old girl who was bitten on the face by a dog.  She was visiting the home of family friends when their dog bit her in the face.  She suffered multiple lacerations to her lip and cheek.  The attack was unprovoked.

The girl was immediately taken to the local emergency department for treatment.  She received ten stitches to her face from the emergency room physician.  Despite the stitches, she has permanent scars on her face.  She was later seen by a Lansing plastic surgeon who recommended that she undergo scar revision surgery when she reaches adolescence.  However, he did indicate the surgery would reduce the scars but there would still be noticeable scars on her face.

The lawsuit seeks damages allowed under Michigan law.  This includes compensation for fright and shock, pain and suffering, and scarring and disfigurement.   Because these scars are on a young girl, she will likely be more self-conscious about her appearance in social settings.  She also now has a fear of strange dogs for the first time in her young life.

Our dog bite attorneys have obtained significant settlements for children, both boys and girls, who have been bitten by dogs.  In this case, the owner of the dog had homeowner’s insurance coverage and the claim was submitted to the insurance company.  The girl’s family was reluctant to file a claim against a family friend but decided to proceed when they learned that the insurance company would pay the settlement.  The case is currently pending and no trial date has been set by the court.

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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