Michigan Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
A dog bite can cause serious physical as well as emotional injuries to the victim. When the victim is a young child, the emotional trauma caused by the attack can have a life-long impact. Michigan law makes a dog owner strictly liable for injuries caused in an attack under most circumstances. No amount of money can truly compensate a victim for the horror of a dog attack; however, by pursuing your right to compensation you not only recover the financial costs you incurred as a result of the attack but you also hold the owner of the dog accountable. At Slusky & Walt, the American Benefits Experts, or A.B.E., we can help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled for injuries sustained by you, or your child, from a dog bite.
Our dog bite injury lawyers understand the physical and emotional pain a dog bite can cause. As founders of the American Benefits Experts, or A.B.E., we will ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for both your physical and emotional injuries. If you were injured by a Michigan dog bite, or are the parent of a child who was injured by a dog attack, contact the A.B.E team at Slusky & Walt, P.C. today at 1-800-ABE-HELPS (1-800-223-4357) to schedule your free consultation.
Dog Bite Injuries
Injuries sustained in a dog bite are often among the worst type of injuries because of the lasting physical and emotional impact they frequently have on the victim. The physical injury caused by a dog bite often leaves a life-long scar that can permanently disfigure the victim. The emotional scars caused by a dog attack, however, can be even worse than the physical scars. A victim who previously had no fear of dogs often becomes terrified of dogs after an attack. When the victim is a child, the trauma is greater, frequently causing the child to have nightmares that involve reliving the attack. Though the physical injuries may completely heal, it is not uncommon for the emotional damage done by a dog bite to linger for the life of the victim. Fight for your dog bite compensation with our dog bite attorney on your side.
Michigan Dog Bite Law
Most personal injury accidents require the victim to prove negligence on the part of the defendant before a victim is entitled to compensation for the injuries suffered in the accident. The State of Michigan, however, is a strict liability state with regard to dog bites. What this means is that, in most cases, a victim does not have to prove anything with regard to the defendant except that the defendant’s dog caused the victim’s injuries. Michigan’s dog bite law is found in Mich. Comp. Laws Ann., sec. 287.351, which states, in pertinent part:
“Sec. 1 (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.”
What the Michigan law says, in essence, is that as long as you were on public property or lawfully on the defendant’s private property and you did not provoke the dog you are entitled to compensation for both the physical and emotional injuries you suffered in the attack. As the parent of a child who was injured by a dog bite you may also be entitled to compensation on behalf of your child.
The American Benefits Experts attorneys at Slusky & Walt, P.C. are committed to helping victims of a Michigan dog bite to recover physically, emotionally, and financially. Moreover, we believe that the owner of a dog that causes injury should be held accountable. Our A.B.E. team will work tirelessly toward these goals. Contact the A.B.E. team at Slusky & Walt, P.C. today at 1-800-ABE-HELPS (1-800-223-4357) so that our dog bite attorneys can get started helping you and your family.