Dog Bite Attorneys in Michigan
As the saying goes, dogs are a man’s best friend. However, not all dogs may act kindly towards humans, and it is the owner who must maintain control of their pet.
If you or someone close to you has sustained a dog bite injury, know that Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys is here to help. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our dog bite attorneys, or keep reading to learn more about Michigan’s laws surrounding dog bites.
Understanding Michigan’s Dog Bite Laws
Michigan law recognizes three potential causes of action arising out of a dog bite incident: statutory, common-law strict liability, and common-law negligence.
A claim under Michigan’s dog bite statute, MCL 287.35, arises where an individual is bitten by a dog while in a public place or lawfully on private property and the bite was without provocation. In this situation, “the owner of the dog shall be liable for any damages suffered by the person who was bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
Common-Law Strict Liability
In a common-law strict liability claim arises where an individual is bitten by a dog while in a public place or lawfully on private property, and the owner knew or should have known of the dog’s dangerous propensities.
A common-law negligence action arises where the plaintiff was in a public place or lawfully on private property; the owner, keeper, or possessor (temporary caretaker) had prior knowledge of the animal’s dangerous propensities, had the animal long enough to be chargeable with notice of its dangerous propensities; or was negligent under the circumstances, i.e., breached a duty to plaintiff; and the animal bit or attacked the plaintiff, causing damages.
The statute of limitations on all of these claims is three years from the date of the bite. If the person who was bitten was underage at the time of the attack, this deadline is extended to their 19th birthday.
Types of Dog Bite Injuries
There are several types of injuries that can happen after a dog bite, including:
- Puncture Wounds
- Eye & Facial Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Nerve Damage
- Head & Neck Injuries
- Pain & Suffering
- Emotional Distress
Some dog bite injuries can even lead to death. No matter how minor the injury is, you should always take it seriously.
What to Do After Sustaining a Dog Bite Injury
Taking action right away after a dog bite is of the utmost importance. If you are bitten by a dog, here are the steps that we recommend that you take:
- Seek medical attention right away. Make sure you are safe, and your wounds are taken care of properly.
- Document everything. Keep all documentation, receipts, invoices, etc. for any medical care and report filing with the police, animal control, insurance, or anyone else.
- File a report with the police, and ensure Animal Control is aware of the situation.
- Contact an attorney specializing in dog bite cases.
How Our Dog Bite Attorneys Can Help
Consulting with an experienced dog bite lawyer will first of all help you understand if you have a case.
Additionally, we know that many people want to know how much their case is worth. This will be determined by a wide array of factors, and one simple answer can’t be found online, so we can assist with this calculation too.
Finally, our dog bite attorneys can help you file claims without missing important deadlines and even provide you with legal representation in court, should you have a case.
Our Service Area
Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys has two office locations in Southfield and Boyne City, MI. We proudly serve clients throughout the Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, and Wayne county areas, including the following cities:
- Ann Arbor
- Auburn Hills
- Boyne City
- Grand Rapids
- Rochester Hills
- Royal Oak
Request a Free Consultation With a Dog Bite Attorney Today
When it comes to dog bites, there’s never an excuse for negligence. If you or a loved one has recently sustained a dog bite due to a negligent owner, contact Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys today. You can fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our dog bite attorneys.