Goodwin & Scieszka Dog Bite Statistics
Did you know that an American has a 1 in 50 chance of being bitten by a dog each year? Did you know that in 2013, 38% of those people killed as a result of a dog bite or attack were living with the dog that killed them? Did you know that dog bites occur every 75 seconds, and that each day 1000 people are hospitalized as a result of dog bites and attacks?
Dog bites are dangerous and very often fatal. If you’ve been keeping up with the news, Craig Sytsma, a man from Metamora Township, Michigan, was killed as a result of a two dog cane corso attack. Cane corsos are a type of mastiff. The owners are currently being tried on murder charges, which is very uncommon in dog bites.
Have you taken a look at the Michigan dog bite statute? Michigan’s dog bite law is tough. It imposes what is known as strict liability on all dog owners for the actions of their pet.
(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.
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, then 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. You need to document your injuries, keep in contact with witnesses, and follow your treatment regimen to ensure that you can recover.
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 lawyers have already handled many Michigan dog bite cases, and we’re ready to help you win a fair and just settlement. Call us anytime, 24 hours a day, and we will be happy to serve you. Remember, our attorneys fight for you.