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What is the Michigan Dog Bite Law?

The Michigan dog bite law is covered by statute. The Michigan dog bite statute is MCL 287.351, which covers the liability of a dog owner when a dog bite occurs. The statute is the following:(1) 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 shall be 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.(2) A person is lawfully on the private property of the owner of the dog within the meaning of this act if the person is on the owner’s property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him or her by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or if the person is on the owner’s property as an invitee or licensee of the person lawfully in possession of the property unless said person has gained lawful entry upon the premises for the purpose of an unlawful or criminal act.Simply put, a person is entitled to compensation from the dog owner when a dog bite occurs so long as (1) the dog was not provoked and (2) the injured person was not trespassing on the dog owner’s property.The dog bite statute is a strict liability statute. This means the dog owner is liable for any and all damages that accrue from the dog bite attack, without regard to fault. This includes the payment of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring, anxiety, emotional distress and out-of-pocket costs. The dog bite statute only covers situations where a dog bit a human. It does not pertain to dog knock down situations.If you have any questions about this case, or about the Michigan dog bite law in general, please give us a call at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) so we can answer your questions. Our firm has helped Michigan dog bite victims obtains millions in compensation. There is no fee unless we win your case.