Obtaining Compensation in a Dog Bite Lawsuit
Many states, including Michigan, have a “strict liability”
statute which holds the owner of the dog strictly liable for the dog’s
behavior if the attack is unprovoked; that is, the victim did nothing
to threaten the dog or cause it to attack in self-defense. It makes no
difference where the attack took place or if the attack is the animal’s first.
More often than not, the dog that attacked you or your loved one is your
neighbor or friend’s dog. Due to this fact, many fear that filing
a dog bite lawsuit will make the situation even more uncomfortable than
it is. However, what many victims do not realize is that when you file
a Michigan dog bite claim, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance
company typically pays the settlement. Therefore, the settlement money
does not come out of the owner’s pocket nor causes their insurance
rate to increase.
Victims suffering from dog bite injuries due to an attack may be able to
recover compensation for several types of damages, including:
- Medical care expenses (past, present, and future) for treatment related
to the attack
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering damages (physical suffering and mental suffering)
The damages from a dog bite are often significant and can depend on a number
of factors, including the severity of your injuries and the type of medical
treatment sought. An experienced lawyer should be able to evaluate your
claim and determine what is fair compensation for your injuries. Making
the mistake of hiring an attorney who has not handled these types of claims
can mean the difference of not maximizing your settlement.
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Contact our firm today to learn your rights.