Dangerous Animal Liability
Normally we talk about dog bites, but today we’re talking about dangerous animals. This is a much broader category that encompasses both Michigan dog bites and various other animal attacks. Below is the Michigan statute:
Sec. 1. As used in this act:
(a) “Dangerous animal” means a dog or other animal that bites or attacks a person, or a dog that bites or attacks and causes serious injury or death to another dog while the other dog is on the property or under the control of its owner. However, a dangerous animal does not include any of the following:
(i) An animal that bites or attacks a person who is knowingly trespassing on the property of the animal’s owner.
(ii) An animal that bites or attacks a person who provokes or torments the animal.
(iii) An animal that is responding in a manner that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude was designed to protect a person if that person is engaged in a lawful activity or is the subject of an assault.
(b) “Livestock” means animals used for human food and fiber or animals used for service to human beings. Livestock includes, but is not limited to, cattle, swine, sheep, llamas, goats, bison, equine, poultry, and rabbits. Livestock does not include animals that are human companions, such as dogs and cats.
A dangerous animal is a retrospective title given to an animal that attacks a person. While is may describe the animal itself, as in Billy owns a shark and a shark is a dangerous animal, dangerous animal in terms of liability is a legal title that attaches when an animal causes an injury.
Dangerous animal bites are strict liability events, which means that, unless a provocation or trespass defense exists, a bite is going to mean immediate liability to the injured person.
Our firm has been handling Michigan animal attack claims for over 27 years. Dog and animal saliva often carries bacteria that can cause infection, and the experience of being bitten by a dog or animal can be traumatizing. Always be sure to seek medical attention if you or a loved one is bitten, and also be aware that you might qualify for a dog bite lawsuit.
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite you may be entitled to a settlement or financial compensation. After a bite it’s very important to contact a Michigan attorney as soon as possible. Don’t risk waiting. Witnesses, victims, medical care providers, and police may not have a clear memory of your dog bite accident and circumstances weeks or months after. Get the justice you deserve, call Goodwin & Scieszka today…