Falling victim to a dog bite is a traumatic experience that can result in serious injuries. If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite, you need a dog bite attorney in Michigan that understands the law and will ensure your rights are protected.
Understanding Michigan's Dog Bite Laws
In days past, a dog was allowed “one free bite.” In other words, unless you could prove that the dog had a bitten someone in the past (or had a propensity to bite) you were precluded from recovering damages for the bite.
Thankfully, the law has changed. Now, in Michigan, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for dog bites to a human being so long as the bite occurred while you were on either public property (or lawfully on private property) and you didn’t provoke the dog to bit you. Specifically, Michigan’s dog bit law (MCL 287.351) states:
(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.
Protecting Your Right to Compensation
Dog bite victims are entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering as well as lost wages. However, insurance companies are often reluctant to fully reimburse you for all the damages you sustain when bitten by someone else’s dog.
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, click the “Text Us” button on this page, complete our contact form, or call us at 248-258-3500 today to schedule an appointment for a complimentary initial consultation.