Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer
Why Hire a Lawyer?
Dog bites can be serious and terrifying events, especially for children. Dog and animal saliva often carries bacteria that can cause infection, and the experience of being bitten by a dog or animal can be traumatizing. Always be sure to seek medical attention if you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, and also be aware that you might qualify for a dog bite lawsuit.
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.
- Last year insurers paid more than $1 billion in claims to victims of dog bites, with over 830,000 attacks requiring medical attention.
- Every 40 seconds someone in the United States seeks medical treatment for a dog or animal bite related injury, and dog bites disproportionately affect children under 13 years of age, with the most vulnerable group being 5 to 9 years old.
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Goodwin’s 5 Steps
The United States Center for Disease Control reports that every 40 seconds someone seeks medical treatment for a dog or animal bite related injury. Most people bitten by dogs or animals are children under 13 years of age, with the most vulnerable group being 5 to 9 years old. What you do immediately after a dog bite can affect the outcome of a personal injury case. If you happen to be bitten by a dog or have a loved one who has been, take these five steps to protect your rights and ensure you receive the full compensation entitled to you by law:
Take note of the dog
Note what kind of dog bit you or your loved one, if it has a collar or not, where it lives or if it is a stray, and who owns the dog. If possible, photograph the dog from a safe place. If the dog cannot be identified you will likely have to undergo a series of rabies shots which are unpleasant and costly.
Get medical help
See a doctor about any animal bites, no matter how minimal. Dog and animal bites carry a high risk of infection, and must be treated by a medical doctor to receive appropriate care. Call 911 if the bite is severe, or have a trusted person transport you to an emergency room or doctor’s office.
Gather records of your injury and request photographs
Use your cellphone or a digital camera to take photographs of the wounds, and have any medical personnel photograph any injuries before they are treated. Legal action can take place well after wounds are healed and having documentation will be in your best interest. If possible, contact the dog’s owner and collect their information and any information of people who may have witnessed the attack.
Contact local animal control
Report the bite to animal control or local health department. Do not trust the owner to tell you if the dog is up to date on all of it’s vaccinations. If the dog is a stray, this will aid in capture of the animal.
Contact a licensed Michigan attorney
Don’t leave anything to chance! Let an experienced Michigan lawyer assist you through the complex legal process of a dog bite. Contact Goodwin & Scieszka anytime, 24 hours a day. If you are affected by a dog or animal bite our attorneys are available to support you and to ensure you receive the full care and compensation you deserve. Remember, we fight for you.