GRAND RAPIDS DOG BITE ATTORNEYS | DOG BITE LAWYER GRAND RAPIDS MI
If you are faced with a dog bite injury in Grand Rapids Michigan, it is important to contact a Grand Rapids dog bite attorney. The dog bite attorneys at Krupp Law Offices PC can answer your questions about dog bite claims and dog bite related injuries at no cost to you. Dog Bite attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. They don't get paid unless you recover. It is extremely important to contact an attorney immediately when you are injured by a dog attack or just a serious dog bite. You need to know your rights when explaining your dog bite injury to the insurance company. Dog Bite insurance adjusters are working for the owner of the dog that bit you to reduce or eliminate your compensation. You need an experienced Grand Rapids dog bite attorney representing your interests to make sure your are justly and fairly compensated. Call us now and speak with an attorney that can explain your rights under the Michigan Dog Bite Compensation Act.
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DOG BITE CLAIMS IN GENERAL
A comprehensive national study of dog attack injuries revealed that dogs bite approximately 4.7 million Americans every year. Of these, about 800,000 dog bite victims require medical attention. Each year, 1.8% of the U.S. population is bitten by a dog. One out of every six of the dog bite victims has to seek medical care because of an attack. Tragically, almost half of all dog bite victims are children. A dog bite can be a traumatic event that results in serious injury. Vicious dog attacks cause numerous deaths every year. Often a dog bite will result in permanent scarring, nerve damage, and a significant risk of infection. Many times, there is psychological harm that lasts well beyond the physical injury.
MICHIGAN DOG BITE LAWS - OWNER LIABILITY
Under certain circumstances, dog owners can be liable for dog bites and other injuries caused by their pet, as dictated by three specific types of laws. In Michigan,there are two theories of liability.
1. MICHIGAN STATUTE - MCL 287.351: Under the Michigan Dog Bite Statute (MCL § 287.351), the owner of the dog can be liable for the first bite as long as the victim (1) was lawfully on the property and (2) the victim did not provoke the dog.
In Michigan, a dog bite statute is in effect. See MCL § 287.351 (2009)) There are three key points to the statute: (1) Knowing that the dog could be dangerous is irrelevant, (2) You must be lawfully on the property, and (3) The only defense the dog owner can assert is provocation. If you were bitten after you provoked the dog, then you may be barred from recovery. Provocation does not have to be done intentionally; instead, it can be done accidentally. In other words, you do not have to intend to anger the dog. If your act would have caused a regular dog to bite, then it could be considered provocation under Michigan law, barring your claim. For example, in Brans v Extrom,266 Mich App 216; 701 NW2d 163 (2005) the plaintiff accidentally stepped on the dog’s tail, causing the dog to bite the plaintiff’s leg. A jury found this to be adequate provocation. The Court of Appeals denied the dog owner a new trial by holding that the plaintiff’s intent was immaterial.
2. MICHIGAN COMMON LAW: Under Michigan’s common law, the victim only has to prove that the owner of the dog knew (or should have known) that the dog had vicious propensities.
3. The dog owner is strictly liable for any dog bite injury caused by the pet, regardless of the underlying circumstances.
A dog owner may also be responsible for reimbursing the injured person for medical or psychological bills, pain and suffering caused by the attack, mental anguish, lost wages among others.
Michigan Dog Bite laws can be very confusing. That is why it is very important for you to speak with a Grand Rapids Michigan attorney who specializes in Michigan Dog bites or Michigan Dog Bite Attacks. We can ensure that you have the best lawyers representing your interests if you are seriously injured, bitten, or knocked down by Michigan Dogs.
DOG BITE ATTORNEYS - GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN - FEES
Dog Bite lawsuits are extremely complex and require the attention of a Grand Rapids dog bite attorney. If a loved one or friend is injured or died as a result of a dog bite or dog attack you should contact an attorney immediately to preserve and investigate the cause of action. We will provide a free consultation to evaluate the situation. If the case has merit, an attorney will typically accept the case on a one-third contingency basis.
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