What Is A Dog Bite? |Michigan Dog Bite & Attack Lawyers

The dog bite attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. consider your safety their number one priority.  Since human beings experience dog bites more often than cat or other animal bites, many U.S. states have specific personal injury laws that set out the owner’s liability if his or her dog bites another person and what, if anything, the owner must do with a biting dog. If you or your child has been bitten or attacked by a dog, seek advice from one of our experienced dog bite lawyers as to what your next step should be!

What Is A Dog Bite?

Often, we would think a dog bite is an incident where a dog deliberately inflicts an injury to a person. However, animal control and public health departments consider any incident in which a dog’s tooth or nail breaks a person’s skin – regardless of the circumstances or any characterization of the dog’s intention – to be an animal exposure that merits their notice.

According to this definition, animal control and public health departments consider the following all types of dog bites.

  • Nips from playful puppies.
  • Scratches from a dog’s nail.
  • Scrapes from a dog’s tooth.
  • Accidental bites by dogs.
  • Bites from injured or ill dogs receiving assistance or comfort from Good Samaritans (e.g. dogs hit by cars).
  • Bites by working K-9 dogs delivered in the performance of police duties.
  • Bites delivered to canine professionals such as veterinarians. These may have occurred under extreme duress, such as if the dog was in pain or otherwise unable to control its behavior.  (e.g. a vet tech bitten while removing intubation tube from a dog’s throat)

Over 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 800,000 of these people are bitten badly enough to need medical care, and about 386,000 of them are seen in hospital emergency rooms.

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For more information about your legal rights after a Michigan dog bite, you can order our FREE book, “The Ultimate Michigan Dog Bite & Animal Attack Handbook.” This book serves as a guide to victims of Michigan dog bites and dog attacks on their legal rights. We will send out the book immediately to you.

Our No Fee Promise For Michigan Dog Bite Injury Cases

We will represent you in your Michigan dog bite injury 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!

Contact A Michigan Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

If you or a family member has been the victim of a Michigan dog bite or animal attack, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing dog bite cases in Michigan. If you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.  You can also fill in the Get Help Now box on this page and press “Click To Send.”  We will contact you shortly and begin working on your case immediately!

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