Getting attacked and bitten by a dog is a scary and frightening experience. Serious pain and suffering can result from the Detroit dog bite attack, along with medical bills and lost wages. Dog bites and can also result in scarring, as the bite pierces multiple layers of the skin, causing trauma to the underlying blood vessels and permanent scarring.
An experienced and aggressive Detroit dog bite lawyer can get you the money and justice you deserve following a traumatic dog attack. The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg can help you navigate the confusing area of Michigan dog bite law. We will ensure the dog owner and his or her insurance company pays for the medical bills, pain and suffering and scarring caused by the bite attack.
Michigan Dog Bite Statute:
Under Michigan law, the dog owner is responsible for any injuries the dog causes. This is known as the Michigan dog bite law, which is MCL 287.351. It doesn’t matter if the dog never bit another person or never attacked in the past. There is no free-bite rule in Michigan.
The only real defense to a dog bite claim is provocation. If the dog owner did not provoke the attack, then the dog owner is statutorily liable for any injuries that dog created.
What is Provocation?
Michigan dog bite law does not define provocation. But in general, provocation involves inciting anger or a response from a dog due to behavior from the plaintiff. Typically, it involves an affirmative act, such as punching or kicking the dog. Petting a dog can be viewed as provocation if the petting is done in a way that scares or frightens the dog.
Provocation can be intentional or unintentional in Michigan. This means just because you did not mean to provoke the dog, it does not mean provocation can’t be used as a defense in a dog bite case.
Common Law Negligence:
Another way to pursue a dog bite or dog attack case is by proving the dog owner acted negligently in maintaining or handling the dog. Every dog owner has a duty to use due care in owning a dog. If they breach this duty of care, and injury results, the dog owner is responsible for the injuries the dog causes.
For example, if a dog is running around the neighborhood without a leash, and the owner is aware of this, and the dog knocks a person over or attacks an individual, the owner can is liable for their negligence.
How to Prove Your Dog Bite Claim:
To prove a dog bite claim, you have to show the dog did actually bite the victim. The dog bite statute only applies when a dog pierced the skin in some fashion. The bite does not have to be deep. Next, you have not to demonstrate you did not provoke the dog. Once this occurs, the only remaining issue is damages. In other words, what injuries and financial hardships did the Detroit dog bite create.
Proving damages must be a multi-faceted approach. It can be done by providing to the insurance company photographs of the injury sites over time. Providing medical records which demonstrate the type of treatment received is also important. In addition, it is important to forward the medical bills and any liens claimed by a health insurance carrier, as well as proof of lost wages.
Important Detroit Dog Bite Contacts and Emergency Information:
Detroit Police Department
Detroit, MI 48226
Detroit Police Department – 3rd Precinct
2875 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
Detroit Animal Care
7401 Chrysler Dr.
Detroit, MI 48211
Michigan Humane Society
900 N Newburgh Rd.
Westland, MI 48185
Livonia Animal Control
12973 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Romulus Animal Shelter
12300 Wayne Rd.
Romulus, MI 48174
Detroit Dog Bite Lawyers
The Detroit dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Lee Steinberg, P.C. have handled hundreds of dog bite cases in the city of Detroit and Wayne County. We take a detailed approach to each case, investigating the cause, meeting with witnesses, and holding defendants accountable for the injuries their dogs created.
We never charge anything unless we win your case. Please contact our dedicated team of Detroit dog attack lawyers at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733). The cost is free and the advice can mean the difference in obtaining justice and excellent compensation, or allowing a wrong to continue.