Michigan Dog Bite Attorneys
Few things are more frightening than being attacked by a dog. Such an attack can leave the victim severely injured and traumatized. Tragically, the injuries can sometimes be fatal.
In Michigan, there are three theories of liability for injuries involving dogs. First, a person can bring a lawsuit under the Michigan dog bite statute, MCL 287.351. Second, a suit can be brought under Michigan common law strict liability. Last, a plaintiff can bring a claim asserting basic negligence principals against the dog owner.
Michigan Dog Bite
Under the Michigan dog bite statute, a dog bite victim can recover damages even if the dog owner is unaware of the dog’s viciousness. Basically, as long as the dog bite victim did not provoke the animal and is not trespassing on private property, the owner of the dog is liable for any injuries caused by their dog biting the victim. This is true even if the victim is on the private property of the dog owner.
Under the statute, a person is lawfully on the private property of the owner of the dog if the person is on the owner’s property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him or her by the laws of Michigan, or postal regulations of the United States, or if the person is on the owner’s property as an invited guest, business customer or client.
Like other states, there is no free bite rule in Michigan. Dog owners can be liable the very first time their dog bites someone. Money damages are recoverable to a dog bite victim through the dog owner’s homeowners insurance policy.
The main defense in dog bite cases is provocation. Provocation need not be intentional to be used as a defense, meaning the defendant can still use this defense even if the dog bite victim did not intend to provoke the animal. However, this defense is limited in scope and is usually successful in only certain situations.
Michigan Dog Attacks
Most dog bite cases involve scars and injuries resulting from a dog physically biting the victim. However, individuals can also recover for injuries in dog attack cases without receiving bites by an animal. Claims for personal injury caused by dogs clawing or knocking someone over are also allowed in Michigan. Individuals in these situations may recover damages from the dog owner.
To avoid getting attacked by a dog, there are a number of safety precautions you should utilize. These safety tips include:
If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, you should complete the following steps:
At the Law Offices of Lee Steinberg, P.C., we have handled hundreds of dog bite claims, recovering millions for innocent dog bite victims. Our firm of Michigan dog bite attorneys approaches each case with a dedicated team of experienced professionals who possess specialized knowledge in the field of Michigan dog bite law.
For 40 years, the Law Offices of Lee Steinberg has been fighting for Michigan dog bite victims, getting them the services and money they deserve. Please contact our office directly at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) to find out your rights and how we can begin fighting for you.