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Your Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers

by / Friday, 22 August 2014 / Published in Dog Bites
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Have you been injured because of a dog bite or attack? Did you know that you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries? Michigan’s strict liability dog bite law protects those injured who were lawfully in the place where they were bitten, and did not provoke the animal prior to the attack.

Take a look 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.

What does provocation mean? Provocation is any type of hitting, smacking, or any other form of taunting. Sometimes tempting an animal with food will cause it to bite. It’s a good idea to avoid dogs that you do not know, especially if you have small children. Dogs often act differently around adults and children due to the obvious size differential.

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 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. 

Our personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka are able to handle other injury cases like slip and fall accident claims. Contact us to see howe  can hel p you be fairly compensated.