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…)

Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers Create Independent Medical Examination Insurance Doctor Comic

The Michigan dog bite lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently created a comic illustration as a satire to visually depict the simple truth behind independent medical examination doctors paid for by the insurance companies.  The comic titled “Typical Opinion From Insurance Company Doctor” illustrates an independent medical examination doctor dictating that the deceased patient he is examining is able to return to work tomorrow.

Visit http://bit.ly/IMETruth to view the “Typical Opinion From Insurance Company Doctor” comic illustration.

Independent Medical Examination Insurance Doctor Comic

Independent medical examinations are very common in Michigan dog bite lawsuits, no-fault insurance claims, and worker’s compensation claims.  These independent medical examinations are set up by the insurance company and performed by a doctor that the insurance company hires to evaluate the claimant.  Many of these doctors perform these evaluations in their own offices, while others see the patient at offices of a medical examination company.

“These highly paid doctors are “hired guns” for the insurance companies who main goal is to recommend the termination or reduction of important benefits. These doctors fully understand their insurance company driven mission and frequently give opinions that are simply baseless and intellectually dishonest. The sad part is that they do not understand, or perhaps do not care, about the impact that a termination of benefits will have on an injury victim and his or her family,” says Partner and Attorney Daniel Buckfire.

The dog bite accident law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. created this comic illustration not only to visually depict the truth behind insurance company doctors, but also so that others will fully understand what waits for them in the unfortunate event of an injury accident or an insurance claim.

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About Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is a Michigan dog bite law firm representing injury victims in all types of accident and injury cases, including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, work injury accidents, disability claims, and all other types of insurance claims and negligence cases.  We represent Michigan victims who have been scheduled an independent medical exam by the insurance company and have had no-fault benefits terminated or reduced.

For more information about the award winning Michigan dog bite law firm call (800) 606-1717 or visit http://www.buckfirelaw.com/

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