Michigan Lawyers for Dog Bites and Attacks
If you are the victim of a dog attack or dog bite in the state of Michigan, Bajoka Law Group PLLC can help you to understand how the law affects your situation. Under Michigan’s dog-bite statute, a dog owner is strictly liable for any damages caused when his or her dog bites another individual. The law applies whether the dog has a history of bites/attacks or has otherwise indicated that this could happen.
The limited exceptions to the law include if the victim provoked the dog, intentionally or unintentionally. This could affect recovery of damages. In addition, for the dog owner to be liable for the bite it must occur on public property or while the victim is lawfully on private property. So for instance, a guest at a party who is bitten by the owner’s dog is much more likely to recover damages than someone who was trespassing on private property and incurs a dog attack.
Also, while the dog bite statute is an effective way of seeking damages following a dog bite, old common-law liability theories still apply in Michigan. For instance, if the dog owner knows his or her dog is prone to attacks but fails to restrain the dog, he or she may be liable for injuries caused by the dog.
Just like other personal injury claims, dog bite injury claims are complicated. It helps to have an experienced lawyer by your side who understands Michigan dog bite laws and can help you explore your options.
If you or a family member have been bitten by a dog in Michigan, let the experienced attorneys at Bajoka Law Group PLLC help.