Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers
Dog bites are more common in the summer as more and more people are outside for prolonged periods of time.
Michigan’s dog bite statute puts strict liability on all dog owners. Take a look at the dog bite statute:
287.351 Person bitten by dog; liability of owner.
(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.
Check out some dog bite statistics:
- Last year insurers paid more than $1 billion in claims to victims of dog bites, with over 830,000 attacks requiring medical attention.
- Every 40 seconds someone in the United States seeks medical treatment for a dog or animal bite related injury, and dog bites disproportionately affect children under 13 years of age, with the most vulnerable group being 5 to 9 years old.
If you’re suffering because you were bit someone else’s dog, then contact our legal team of dog bite experts and we’ll get you on your way to recovery.