Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer

Have You Been Bitten By a Dog in Michigan?

If so, you need an experienced Michigan dog bite attorney to help you understand your rights. DO NOT DELAY as your dog bite case may weaken with time.

For a FREE Michigan Dog Bite Case Analysis
Call Attorney Mike Thomas today.

Dog bites can cause very serious injuries and can affect you both physically and mentally for years. Many people have been haunted throughout their lives after being bitten by a dog.

To make sure your dog bite case is handled properly, you need an experienced attorney who understands Michigan dog bite law and is aware of the seriousness of dog bites and the effects they can have on you.
Before you sign anything from an insurance company or say “it’s no big deal” contact Attorney Mike Thomas. He can help you understand the long-term effects of a dog bite and help you understand your rights in Michigan.

Michigan Dog Bite Law

Michigan dog bite law recognizes that victims of dog bites should be compensated for the injuries and other damages they sustain because of a dog bite. Those damages can include economic damages like lost wages, lost earning capacity and medical bills as well as the non-economic damages that can flow from physical injuries, scarring and impairment. Those non-economic damages include, but aren’t necessarily limited to, pain and suffering, physical impairment, mental anguish, fright, shock, humiliation and embarrassment.

There are several legal claims that may be made against a dog owner and, in some cases, someone other than the owner who is just taking care of the dog at the time of the attack. The following is a very brief summary of the two most often asserted dog bite laws:

1. Dogs don’t get “one free bite” in Michigan. If a dog bites a person without provocation while that person is either on public property or lawfully on private property, the owner of that dog is liable to the victim for damages that victim sustained in the attack. This is a statutory law that makes the dog’s owner liable to the victim regardless of whether the dog had a history of biting or being vicious.

2. If the attacking dog has a history of biting, attacking or otherwise demonstrating “dangerous propensities” and the dog’s owner and/or its keeper knew, or should have known, of those dangerous propensities, the owner and keeper may be held liable to a victim of an attack by that dog. Again, the attack must have occurred while the victim was in a public place or lawfully on private property.

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Call Attorney Mike Thomas today.

10 things to do if you have suffered
a dog bite in Michigan.

1. Seek medical attention for your injuries;

2. Get the name and, if possible, the breed of the attacking dog;

3. Get the name and address of the owner of the attacking dog. If you believe the dog was in the care of someone other than the owner at the time of the attack, you should get the name and address of that person as well;

4. If you know of possible witnesses to the attack, try to get their name(s), address(es) and telephone number(s);

5. Go to the appropriate law enforcement agency and make a report. Get a copy of the report as soon as it is available;

6. take photographs of any visible injuries;

7. If your clothing was damaged, soiled or stained in the attack, do not wash it or throw it away;

8. With the exception of making a police report and discussing your injuries with your treating medical professionals, you should not discuss the attack or the nature of your injuries/damages with anyone before consulting with an attorney;

9. Do not sign any documents without first consulting with an attorney;

10. Contact Attorney Mike Thomas for a FREE Michigan dog bite case analysis.

For a FREE Michigan Dog Bite Case Analysis
Call Attorney Mike Thomas today.

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