Talk With A Michigan Dog Bite Attorney
Call most places and you'll speak with a call screener or a clerk. Call Jeffrey Buehner, PLLC and you'll talk with an attorney who understands Michigan dog bite law. Beginning with your initial call and throughout your case, every facet of your case will be handled by an attorney - not a clerk, not a paralegal - an attorney who will handle your case from beginning to end.
Can't make it to us? We'll come to you! After your initial phone consultation, we can come to your location to gather evidence, discuss your concerns, and take all of the steps necessary to prepare your case for maximum recovery. It is important to act fast in a dog bite cases as documenting your injuries immediately can make a big difference in the value of your case.
What To Do If A Dog Bites You in Michigan
If You've Been Attacked By A Dog in Michigan:
- Get immediate medical attention. First and foremost, your health is of paramount concern. Infection and rabies is always a concern.
- Make a report with your county Animal Control and the local police. Make sure to file a written report, not just a phone call.
- Take photographs of the injuries as soon as possible after the dog attack. Do not wait to take photos as immediate documentation can most vividly illustrate the pain and injury you suffered. If possible, take photos of the scene where the dog bite occurred.
- Call us: whether you are in the hospital, at urgent care or at home, we'll answer your questions and make arrangements to meet with you at your convenience.
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The call to our office is free and you don't pay any attorney fees until we win your case. Our legal fees are deducted from the settlement proceeds. There's no reason not to call us.
Michigan Dog Bite Laws
Michigan Dog Bite Statute
MCL 287.351 Person Bitten By Dog; Liability Of Owner.
(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.
Michigan Dog Bite Common Law Strict Liability
In addition to the dog bite statute, a person who owns or harbors a dog can be held strictly liable if they knew or should have known of the dogs dangerous nature.
Michigan Dog Bite Common Law Negligence
A cause of action available without regard to the owner's, keeper's or possessor's knowledge of dog's dangerous propensities if that person was negligent in failing to prevent foreseeable harm and that negligence resulted in injury.