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Michigan Dog Bite? Goodwin & Scieszka is your Michigan Dog Bite Law Firm

by / Monday, 07 July 2014 / Published in Dog Bites
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Michigan’s dog bite statute imposes strict liability on all dog owners whose animal has bitten another person. It doesn’t matter if your dog has bitten before, what matters is that a person is injured and you, as the dog’s owner, are responsible. Have you ever looked at the Michigan dog bite law?

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.


So long as the person that was bitten did not provoke your dog or trespass onto your property, then you are liable for injuries that your dog causes. Some cities even have their own ordinances that require you to list your dog as a dangerous dog after its bitten, and you can additionally be fined for violating any city ordinances for a dog bite.

Are you the victim of a dog bite?

If you’ve been injured by a dog bite you may be entitled to a settlement or financial compensation. After a dog or animal 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.

Our Michigan personal injury lawyers have already handled many Michigan dog bite cases, and we’re ready to help you win a fair and just settlement. Contact us anytime, 24 hours a day, and we will be happy to serve you. Remember, our attorneys fight for you.