Michigan Lawyer Discusses Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 18-24)

National Dog Bite Prevention Week begins May 18th, 2014! Every year during the third week of May we take time to focus on educating people about how to prevent dog bites from occurring. In the United States, there are an estimated 70 million household dogs, and every year millions of people are bitten. The majority of people bitten are children, and the majority of these bites are also preventable.

Of the millions of people who are bitten by dogs every year, 1 in 5 require medical attention for the bite. Roughly 31,000 people undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of a dog bite. Additionally, males are much more likely to be bitten than females. In 2011, dog bite claims accounted for one third of all homeowners’ liability insurance claims, costing almost $479 million.

The average dog bite claim payment in 2011 was $29,396, which is an increase of 53.4% from 2003. Take time to educate yourself and others during National Dog Bite Prevention Week and together we can start preventing these injuries from occurring.

Dog Bites by the Numbers

Farmington Hills Dog Bite Lawyer Settles Lawsuit

Farmington Hills Dog Bite LawyerA Michigan dog bite lawsuit was recently settled on behalf of a victim attacked in Farmington Hills.  Our dog bite lawyers are representing the victim, a woman who suffers permanent scarring on her face as a result of the attack.

Our client was at an estate sale at the time of incident. Suddenly and without provocation, she was bitten on the face by the owner’s dog.

Michigan is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites occurring without provocation. MCL 287.251 provides: “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 shall be liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the form or viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

Our Farmington Hills dog bite lawyers filed the lawsuit in the Oakland County Circuit Court.  It sought payment for her pain and suffering damages as well as medical bill expenses.  Injuries to our client included an open wound which required emergency care from her doctor, as well as permanent scarring on the face.  An opinion was sought out by the client through a plastic surgeon who recommended her to undergo a scar revision surgery.  This type of plastic surgery could help reduce the scarring.  She has not yet decided if she wants to undergo the procedure.

Our attorneys were able to successfully settle the case prior to trial and our client received a confidential settlement that compensated for her damages.

Victims who are bitten in the face by a dog do have legal rights and should consult one of our top rated attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a dog bite injury claim.  Filing this type of lawsuit will allow individuals to recover compensation for their pain and suffering, any medical expenses incurred by the injury, lost wages due to time spent away from work, and more.  For more information of filing a claim and to learn your legal rights after a Michigan dog bite attack, call our award winning law firm office now at (800) 606-1717.  We have successfully handled cases in the City of Farmington Hills and throughout the entire State.  Call now for your Free, No Obligation Case Review.  Best of all we will represent you under our No Win, No Fee Promise.  This means there are no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your claim.

 

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…)

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