Metamora Man Mauled to Death in Vicious Dog Attack

On July 23rd, a Metamora Township man was mauled to death by two large dogs who escaped from their owner’s home. Craig Sytsma, 46, of Livonia, was jogging near his work around 5:30 p.m. when he was blindsided by two cane corsos, a breed of dog that averages around 100 pounds.  Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family.

According to police reports, this is the third incident involving the same dogs since 2012. Under Michigan law, involuntary manslaughter charges may be brought against the owner of the dog.  The Michigan Statute for criminal charges related to dog attacks is 287.321.:

(a) “Dangerous animal” means a dog or other animal that bites or attacks a person, or a dog that bites or attacks and causes serious injury or death to another dog while the other dog is on the property or under the control of its owner.

Bob Lantzy,  the dog bite lawyer at our firm, was contacted by the Detroit News for comment.   The newspaper reported the tragedy last week.    The family should also consider filing a Michigan Wrongful Death lawsuit.   A full investigation of the civil claim should include obtaining all prior dog bite complaints and all prior criminal and civil charges filed against the dog owners.  Based upon news reports, it is terrible that the dogs were not previously removed by animal control.


Bitten By Dog At Friend’s House

Our Michigan dog bite injury lawyers handle cases involving dog bites and attacks throughout the state of Michigan for personal injury damages. Dog bite attacks can be a very traumatic and frightening experience for anyone to have to go through. The injuries sustained from a dog bite can be considerable. They may include broken bones, scarring, deformities, serious lacerations, permanent nerve damage, and even death. Many may also suffer psychological and emotional distress, well after the dog bite attack incident occurred. Victims bitten by a dog do have the right to file a claim in Michigan against the owner of the aggressive dog.bitten by a dog in Michigan

Quite often, the dog bite occurs at the home of a friend or neighbor. This often happens when the families get together for a social visit or holiday gathering. The dog may or may not have had a previous history of biting a visitor.  Making a claim against your friend for a dog bite attack can obviously put a strain on friendship or relationship, but your friend should understand that you are not seeking their personal assets and intend to make an insurance claim.

In these cases, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company usually pays a settlement to the dog bite victim.  The dog bite victim does not have to worry about the friend paying a settlement out of their own pockets and insurance rates usually do not increase after this type of settlement payment.  Therefore, if both friends act in a civil manner after the attack they can still maintain their relationship after the victim is fairly compensated for the dog bite injuries.

If you or a family member is bitten by a dog at a friend’s house, you should contact our Michigan dog bite injury lawyers as soon as possible 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.

Our Michigan dog bite injury lawyers will represent you in your Michigan dog bite lawsuit case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever, unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. 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!

Pit Bull Attack Settlement for Child

Our Clare County Michigan pit bull dog attack lawyers recently settled a claim for a 7 year old boy.  The minor client was attacked by a pit bull dog while being babysat by a neighbor. Our client suffered serious injuries in the pit bull attack, including scars on his scalp, arm, and a fractured orbital bone. The minor client was taken to the emergency room immediately after the attack. No lawsuit was filed on behalf of the minor.  The claim was settled with the insurance company pre-suit. The case was settled for $55,000.00.

Often times, a dog attack does occur at the property of a neighbor, friend, or acquaintance. Nonetheless, if the person is bitten while lawfully on the property, 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 an owner of the dog is liable and can be sued for a victims injuries.

If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by dog that was unrestrained, 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.

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.

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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.


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