Vicious Sterling Heights Dog Bite Attack

Michigan dog bite lawyers at the personal injury law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are reporting on a vicious Sterling Heights dog attack that took place on Tuesday, September 3rd, around 8:40 p.m. on the 4800 block of Chadbourne Drive. According to police, a 54-year-old woman was walking her dog in the neighborhood when a boxer mix ran out the front door of a home she was passing nearby and started attacking her dog.  When the woman tried to protech her Cairn terrier, she herself was attacked by the vicious dog. Due to the attack, one of her fingers was bitten off and the tips of several of her other fingers were severed by multiple dog bites.  As a result of the canine attack, the dangerous dog owner was fined for harboring a vicious animal, as well as failure to restrain the dog and having the dog unlicensed.

I am so sorry to hear about this dog bite attack. I hope the injured victim has a fast recovery.

According to Insurance Information Institute, dog bites accounted for about 25% of all claims on homeowner’s insurance, costing more than $321 million in 2003. The limits for insurance coverage are different in every case, but most homeowner’s usually have a minimum of $100,000.00 in liability coverage. This means that the insurance company will pay the dog bite victim up to that amount if the injuries are severe enough.

Michigan statutes state that the owner of a dog that bites a person without provocation 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. There are specific laws in Michigan that apply to dog bite cases and hold owners and keepers of dogs accountable for dog bites and attacks.  In addition, there are also strict leash laws that hold the dog owner liable if their unleashed canine bite or attacks an innocent person.

Our top rated personal injury attorneys advise dog attack victims of their legal rights. If you or someone you know was injured when a dog ran out of a house and attacked or bit you or your child,  you do have legal rights.  There are strict time deadlines for filing lawsuits under Michigan dog bite laws so it is important that you contact our office as soon as possible after the incident. We highly recommend that at the very least, the injured woman contacts the best possible dog bite lawyer to discuss her case and learn her legal rights.

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