Although dogs are widely regarded as loving, faithful, and friendly animals, there is always a chance a dog may attack or bite a person. When a person is bitten by dog, it can lead to a number of serious injuries, including infection, permanent scarring, disfigurement, broken bones, and more. In addition, a dog bite or attack can also lead to emotional or psychological trauma that could affect a person for years to come.
If you or someone in your family has been bitten or attacked by a dog, you have the right to sue the dog owner for compensation. Under Michigan law, dog owners will be held liable for any injuries sustained in a dog bite or attack. Even if the dog never exhibited signs of aggression or bit a person in the past, the owner will still be responsible for paying damages. The only case in which a dog owner may not be held liable for a dog bite injury is if you were trespassing or committing a crime on the dog owner’s property, or if you teased or tormented the dog.
Why Should I Hire a Lansing Dog Bite Attorney?
If you’ve been bitten or attacked by a dog, it’s to your advantage to consult an experienced Michigan dog bite attorney as soon as possible. In order to win your case to collect damages, you must prove that the defendant was indeed the owner of the dog, and that the dog was responsible for causing your injury. You must also establish that you were not committing a crime on the owner’s property, and that you in no way teased, tormented, or provoked the dog into attacking you. If you are successful in court, you will be awarded damages for your pain and suffering, psychological distress, medical expenses, lost wages, and decreased quality of life. A highly skilled Lansing dog bite attorney can build a strong case on your behalf, prove that the owner was negligent, and help you recover a large settlement.
If you need help filing a dog bite injury claim, you’ve come to the right place. David M. Clark and The Clark Law Office have a great deal of knowledge and experience in this area of personal injury law, and have helped many clients throughout Michigan take legal action against a negligent dog owner.