Goodwin & Scieszka is your Michigan Dog Bite Law Firm
Goodwin & Scieszka is your Michigan dog bite law firm. If you’ve been attacked by someone else’s dog, then you should be aware of your rights in Michigan. Michigan dog bites confer strict liability on a dog’s owner in the event that their dog attacks another person. What is strict liability? That means that fault need not be proven, if a dog attacks, then liability is assumed unless a limited exception applies.
Let’s take a look at the Michigan dog bite law:
87.351 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
So long as you didn’t provoke the dog that bit you and you were lawfully in the place where you were bitten, then you’re entitled to protection under the Michigan dog bite statute. The former viciousness of the dog is irrelevant, and it’s a common misconception that a dog gets one free bite. No such exception exists. If a dog attacks, then the owner is strictly liable to the victim.