Contrary to what many people believe, Michigan does
NOT have a "one-bite" rule for dog attacks, meaning that the dog
owner is liable for injuries ONLY if the owner had reason to know the
dog was dangerous. There are some states that comply with this law, however
Michigan dog bite law is considered a "strict liability" statute, which means there is not too much room for a dog owner
to escape liability for injuries resulting from a dog attack.
This means that the owner of a dog who bites an individual without provocation,
provided the incident happened upon the dog owner's property or public
property where the victim was not trespassing, is strictly liable for
the injuries or death that results from the attack.
Therefore, victims suffering from injuries in a Michigan dog attack do
have legal rights and may be able to collect compensation for their pain
and suffering, medical bill expenses, and more. Compensation is typically
collected from the dog owner's homeowner's insurance, not out
of pocket. Knowing this can provide a sense of relief to victims who are
uneasy about filing a claim against the dog owner since more often than
not the dog owner is the victim's friend, neighbor or family member.
The value of a dog bite claim will differ on a case-by-case value and often
requires the assistance of a dog bite attorney who can assess the degree
of current damages and long-lasting damages. This is where having an experienced
attorney versus a non-experienced attorney on your side can make a huge
difference in your settlement. Determining the value of a dog bite claim
can be a complicated matter, and you want to ensure the attorney you hire
to handle your case has significant experience in assessing damages and
handling dog bite claims so that you do not miss out the full compensation
that you deserve.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C. our Michigan dog bite lawyers have
been representing victims of dog attacks for over 30 years. We understand
that when a client chooses us to represent them in their dog bite claim,
they want results and the best possible client experience. We do not fall
short. At Goodman Acker P.C., our attorneys have the expertise, skill
and knowledge to win your case and are dedicated to providing the best
possible legal services. We have a track record of obtaining successful
settlements for our clients and not only have an in-depth understanding
of Michigan's dog bite laws but know how to properly assess a claim
and use the correct tools to get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
For more information on how our Michigan dog bite lawyers can help you
or if you simply just want some questions answered on Michigan's dog
bite laws, call our office today at (248) 793-2010. Our attorneys are
happy to answer any questions that you may have as well as properly assess
your case for free to determine whether or not you have a case. Call now
for your free, no obligation case review!