$45,000 MI Dog Attack Settlement For Post-Traumatic Stress

Our Michigan lawyers recently settled a dog bite claim for a 68 year old Interlochen woman who was viciously attacked by two of her neighbor’s dogs on her own property.  The incident occurred as she was walking her own small dog just off of her property.  Her own dog was also attacked and had injuries requiring veterinary care.

The dog attack occurred when the two dogs ran without restraints the public street near our client’s home.  The dogs chased our client and her dog onto her own property and into her garage.  They jumped onto them and began to bite.  Our client was bitten as she tried to protect her own dog and then as she tried to enter into her home.  She suffered multiple bites to her arms and legs and required admission to a local hospital.

In Michigan, the law holds the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog responsible for a dog bite or attack, regardless of prior knowledge (called, “strict liability” laws) of the viciousness of the animal. This is called the dog-bite statute and clearly states that an owner is liable and can be sued for the injuries in the attack, seeing that the victim was lawfully on property or public property.

Our client suffered some puncture wound scars and scratches on her arms and hands.  She was hospitalized at a local hospital for her dog bite injuries.  Due to the psychological trauma of the attack, she suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and received counseling from a psychologist.  We filed a dog bite injury claim on her behalf against the dog owners for her pain and suffering, psychological damages, and medical expenses.  The homeowner’s insurance company for the owner of the dogs agreed to pay her a $45,000.00 settlement.  The case was settled before a lawsuit was filed.

If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by dog you should contact our Michigan dog bite lawyers 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 our No Fee Promise, which means we do not charge any legal fees or costs until we win your settlement. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case. Call now for a free legal consultation!

Dog Bite Attorneys in Michigan Discuss National Dog Bite Prevention Week

This week has been dedicated as National Dog Bite Prevention Week. National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 19th-May 25th) is an awareness campaign designated to help prevent dog bite injuries and dog bite attacks and by encouraging dog owners to properly train their pets, and educate children on how to approach a dog.

Michigan dog bite attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims of dog bites and animal attacks in cases throughout Michigan. The personal injury law firm is a large advocate of this week as they see the tragic dog bite injuries that result from these animal attacks every day, and understand the importance of educating the public, especially children on dog bite safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated amount of 68 million dogs were kept as pets in the United States with an estimated amount of 334,000 persons treated annually for dog bites in emergency departments.  In this same report by the CDC, statistics showed that injuries from a dog attack occurred most commonly to the arm and hand (45.3%), leg/foot (25.8%), and head/neck (22.8%).  However, in children aged less than four years, the majority of dog bite injuries occurred in the head and neck region.  Children in fact were reported to be the most common victims of a dog bite attack.

As part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the personal injury law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. has provided some dog attack prevention tips as a reminder of what to do when encountered by a vicious dog. These tips include:

  • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Do not run from a dog or scream.
  • Remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
  • If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still.
  • Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • If bitten, immediately report the bite, and seek medical attention if necessary.

About: Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is a family-owned personal injury law representing dog bite injury victims attacked by a dog in Michigan. There are specific Michigan dog bite laws that apply to these cases and owners and keepers of dogs in Michigan are strictly liable for a victims injuries in an attack.

To learn more about the dog bite injury attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. call toll-free at (800) 606-1717 or visit the law firm website at http://www.buckfirelaw.com/


Dog Runs Through Invisible Fence and Bites | MI Dog Attack Attorney

Our Michigan dog bite injury attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims bitten by a dog that ran through an invisible fence.  Injuries resulting from these dog bite attacks are often very serious and result in permanent and disfiguring scars. A person who is bitten on property or public street by a dog that ran through an invisible fence does have the legal right to pursue a lawsuit against the dog owner under Michigan law.

The dog bite statute in Michigan, M Civ JI 80.01 states that “the owner of a dog that without provocation bites a person while that person is [on public property / lawfully on private property] is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the previous viciousness of the dog or whether the owner knew of that viciousness.”

This Michigan dog bite law means that the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless in controlling the dog. This can include not restraining a dog on a chain and in particular when a dog runs through an invisible fence and attacks some..

In addition to the Michigan dog bite liability law, a victim must be aware of the statute for filing a lawsuit in order to receive compensation for their injuries in the dog attack.  In Michigan, a person injured in a dog bite or attack must generally file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident. If you fail to meet that deadline, your case will be destroyed and you cannot sure for your injuries.

It is essential that you contact our experienced Michigan dog bite lawyers as soon as possible so that you do not lose your rights to a fair settlement.  Victims bitten by a dog that ran an invisible fence do have legal rights.

Call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. dog bite law firm now to discuss your case and learn what legal recourse is available to you. Our Michigan dog bite attorneys have extensive knowledge of these dog bite laws and use them to win substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients.  We can do the same for you or your family member.

We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.    If you or someone you know was injured when a dog ran through a fence and bit you or a child, call us now at (800) 606-1717 to start your case today.

Dog Bite Lawyers in Michigan Discuss New Royal Oak Dog Ordinance

Michigan Dog Bite LawyerOur Michigan dog bite lawyers represent victims of dog bites and animal attacks in cases throughout Michigan. We represent a wide range of clients in these cases, including children, postal workers, and utility workers. As a result of such serious injuries resulting from these attacks, the City of Royal Oak recently passed a new ordinance that requires stricter laws on dog bite owners that own a dog that is considered dangerous in nature.

In 2012, Royal Oak reports showed that 32 dog bites and 21 vicious dog incidents were filed. As a result to the high number of dog attacks and injuries, the City Commission would like to regulate stricter laws. Royal Oak defines dangerous animals as an animal that has a history of biting, attacking or damaging property. (more…)

Suing For Dog Bite Injuries in Michigan | MI Dog Bite Claim

The dog bite injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.  have significant experience in filing Michigan dog bite claims on behalf of a Michigan dog bite injury victim.  The dog attack claim is a lawsuit in which our attorneys sue for dog bite injuries resulting from the attack.  These types of lawsuits seek compensation for personal injury damages, including pain and suffering and payment of medial bills incurred due to the dog attack, such as plastic surgery.

A victim bitten or attacked by a dog in Michigan should be aware that they do have the legal right to sue for the dog bite. Under Michigan law, the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog responsible for the attack, regardless of prior knowledge (called “strict liability” laws) of the viciousness of the animal is held liable for the injuries resulting to the victim.  In fact, under Michigan law, the only defense a dog owner has in a dog bite claim is if the victim provoked the attack or was on the dog owners property illegally.

Our Michigan dog bite injury attorneys represent both adults and children suffering injuries after being attacked or bitten by a dog.  Our clients include a wide range of dog bite victims, including neighbors, house guests, joggers, postal workers, and others who are bitten on public property, private homes, and businesses.

It is important that after a dog attack you hire an experienced attorney to represent you in your Michigan dog bite case.  One reason behind this concept is because you will never want to sign a Release or any other paperwork with the insurance company withouth having it reviewed by an experienced dog bite attorney.  This is because the Release form may include language that can hurt your claim in the future.  (more…)

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