How Much Money can you get for a Dog Bite in Detroit, Michigan?
Let’s start with Michigan’s dog bite statute, it reads as follows:
287.351 Person bitten by dog; liability of owner.
Sec. 1. (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.
Essentially, if a dog bites you, and you’re not trespassing, nor have you provoked the dog, then you are entitled to compensation under Michigan’s dog bite statute.
Technically, the amount of money you can collect from the person that injured you is infinite. Juries will look at your emotional distress, your physical injuries, your medical bills, and your livelihood after the dog bite. Generally speaking, the greater your injuries the greater your recovery.
You want to be sure that you hire a competent Michigan personal injury attorney that has handled Michigan dog bite claims before.
At Goodwin & Scieszka, we’ve fought dog bite claims for over 30 years, and Scott Goodwin, the managing partner, was recently recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer for his work with dog bite claims.
So, if you’ve been bitten by a dog in Detroit, Michigan or the surrounding Metro Detroit Areas, then contact the Goodwin & Scieszka offices and talk to one of our attorneys. The longer you wait could reduce the damages that you are entitled to.