Michigan’s Dog Bite Laws

Michigan’s Dog Bite Laws

by / Monday, 14 July 2014 / Published in Dog Bites
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Michigan law imposes tough consequences on dog owners in the event that their pet bites another person. This is known as strict liability. When a dog bites, then the owner is presumed liable unless there’s a mitigating circumstance: 1) provocation or 2) trespassing.

Have you ever seen Michigan’s dog bite law? Here, check it out:

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.

It doesn’t matter if your dog hasn’t bitten anybody before the incident, one bite constitutes liability.

Goodwin & Scieszka is your Michigan dog bite law firm. Having handled Michigan dog bite claims for over 30 years, we have the attorneys and resources that you need to prevail on your claim. We handle all Michigan dog bite accident claims on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing until we fully litigate or settle your case. Call today.