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.

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.

Clinton Township Meter Reader Dog Bite Lawsuit Filed

Our dog bite attorneys recently filed a lawsuit in the Macomb County Circuit Court on behalf of an 18 year old client attacked by a dog.  Our client was working as a meter reader for the utility company when the attack occurred on the defendant’s property.  The attack resulted in significant puncture wounds to his hand which required him to undergo surgery.

The incident occurred in a yard in Clinton Township, Michigan.  The 18 year old was lawfully on the property because he was working for the utility company and was entitled to full access of the property.  Under Michigan law, he was not considered a trespasser and therefore the dog owner is liable for the injuries suffered in the attack.   The lawsuit seeks a settlement for his pain and suffering, scars, medical expenses, and lost wages.  No trial date has been set by the court.

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.

Troy, Michigan Dog Bite Settlement

A landscape worker bitten in the face by a dog while working at a residential property in the City of Troy received a $ 50,000.00 settlement.  The gentleman was referred to our office by another law firm because of our expertise in handling dog attack cases in Michigan.  The client suffered a laceration on his cheek that required emergency treatment at a local clinic.   He has a permanent, small facial scar as a result of the dog bite.

We contacted the dog owner and the claim was submitted to the homeowner’s insurance company.  Our firm obtained the medical records, medical bills, and photographs to present to the insurance adjuster.  We also had the gentleman evaluated by a local plastic surgeon to provide an opinion on treatment options and long term prognosis.

The scar had finished the healing process and left a small, but noticeable scar on the face.  The client is African American and this scar formed a keloid scar on a conspicuous part of his face.  The plastic surgeon did not recommend treatment because the surgery might leave additional scarring and there was no guarantee of improvement.

Before the filing of a lawsuit, we discussed a settlement with the insurance adjuster of the dog owner.  After lengthy negotiations, we obtained a pre-suit settlement in the amount of $ 50,000.00 for our client.  This was a substantial settlement in light of the relatively minimal scar and the limited amount of medical expenses.

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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