Our Michigan dog bite and animal attack attorneys understand you have many questions if you or someone you loved was recently attacked by a neighbor’s dog or other animal. We try to answer many of these questions below. Of course, you probably have questions specific to your situation that need the attention of an experienced dog bite and animal attack lawyer.
Typically, the settlement is paid by the homeowner’s insurance company for the owner or keeper of the dog. Many dog bite victims are reluctant to file claims against relatives, friends or neighbors until they learn that the settlement comes from the insurance company.
Yes, unless the owner of the dog can prove that your child provoked the dog into the attack by pulling the tail or some other similar act. The dog’s owner is liable for past, present, and future medical expenses, which would include the cost of plastic surgery. Your child can also claim other damages, such as the disfigurement, fright and shock, and embarrassment. The dog owner’s insurance company typically pays the settlement.
Yes, postal workers can file claims against dog owners for dog bites and dog attacks that occur during their work hours.
For dog bite cases in Michigan, you typically have three years from the date of the dog attack to file your lawsuit against the owner or keeper of the dog. If the injury victim is a child, the child has until his or her 19th birthday to file their case, even if the attack happened when the child was very young.
A settlement in a Michigan dog bite case depends on a number of factors. Assuming that the only issue is the amount of a settlement, the value is often based on the ferocity of the attack, the types of scars, the location of the scars, whether there was any nerve damage, and the age and sex of the victim. Other factors include the amount of medical bills and type of treatment for the injuries and whether future treatment, like plastic surgery will be necessary. Also, the insurance policy limits of the dog owner are very important to determining the settlement amount. When you consult with an experienced Michigan dog bite lawyer at our firm, we will provide you with a reasonable settlement range for your case. You can also see some of our dog bite settlements on our website.
In Michigan, a person injured in a dog bite or dog attack must generally file a lawsuit within 3 years under the statute of limitations. If you fail to meet that deadline, your case will be destroyed forever and you cannot sue for your injuries. It is essential that you contact an experienced Michigan accident and injury lawyer as soon as possible so that you do not lose your rights to a fair settlement.
In cases involving minors or legally incapacitated persons, the limitations periods are often longer. To get specific information about your case, you should contact our Michigan accident and injury law firm at (800)606-1717.
Michigan has enacted statutory strict liability under what is commonly referred to as the dog-bite statute. Under this law, 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 is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
This means that if you or someone you know was bitten by a dog in Michigan while lawfully on public or private property, the owner of the dog is automatically liable for any injury or damage the dog causes as long as the dog was not provoked. In addition, Michigan law makes clear that people considered lawfully on the private property of the owner includes social guests, friends, family members, contractors, postal employees, utility company workers, newspaper carriers, and other who were invited onto the property for a business or social purpose.
For more information regarding your rights after being bitten by a dog in Michigan, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with our top-rated Michigan dog bite lawyers. Our office will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.
Yes, a person bitten by a family member’s dog does have legal rights to sue relative for dog bite injuries. However, if the victim provoked the attack or was a trespasser on the property the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company usually pays a settlement to the dog bite victim. Family members do not have to worry about the relative paying a settlement out of their own pockets and insurance rates usually do not increase after this type of settlement payment.
Yes, you can sue neighbor for dog bite injuries to your child. Michigan 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. Also, the negligence law is used to hold the owner responsible for the attack. This means that the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless in controlling the dog. The only defense to the dog owner in these cases is if the victim provoked the attack or was a trespasser on the property. In these cases, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company usually pays a settlement to the dog bite victim.
Yes, you may file a lawsuit for psychological injuries from a dog attack in Michigan. Although most cases involve facial disfigurement, maiming, scarring, and nerve damage, psychological injuries can be just as severe and are valid reasons to file a claim.
After being attacked by a dog in Michigan, a person may not feel or behave normally for a significant amount of time. He or she may feel depressed, nervous or fearful — may cry, take dangerous risks or not get along with friends and family. There are many possible symptoms and classifications of this problem. “Post-traumatic stress disorder” is one such classification.
One of the most painful effects of a dog bite can be the resulting morbid fear of dogs. The emotional reactions of children who are the victims of, or witnesses to, dog attacks include fear, depression, withdrawal and anger. Some children and adolescents will have prolonged problems after a traumatic event. These potentially chronic conditions include depression and prolonged grief.
These problems can occur immediately or sometime after the tragic event. Many such children will develop post-traumatic stress. PTSD may resolve without treatment, but some form of therapy by a mental health professional is often required in order for healing to occur.
Being that these injuries are not visible injuries, it is important to choose a top rated dog bite lawyer in Michigan who has experience in these types of cases.
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