When Dogs Attack
Around 40 percent of American households own a dog as a pet. Canines have been man’s best friend for centuries, often rightfully so. Dogs are usually caring and devoted companions who possess an immense capacity for love and affection. Unfortunately, all of this makes it that much more horrifying when a dog attacks. Dog bites can vary in severity, but in dog bite cases involving small children, the consequences can be dire. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack, you could be eligible for financial compensation. The Detroit personal injury attorneys at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys are here to ensure that dog bite victims in the area attain rightful justice.
What To Do If You Are Attacked
Michigan dog bite laws are designed to defend the victims of vicious animals. While some states enforce a “first bite” law, Michigan holds the owner of the animal responsible for any attacks on behalf of the animal. There are only two instances in which an owner can avoid responsibility for his animal:
- if the victim of the attack was trespassing on the dog owner’s property
- if the victim of the attack “provoked” the animal
The term “provoked” has been interpreted very loosely in past dog bite cases. In one instance, a child’s attempt to hug the animal was deemed provocative and the case was dropped.
Contact a Detroit Dog Bite Attorney
Our Detroit legal team at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys can work hard to protect the rights of you and your loved ones. If you have been the victim of canine violence, call us at (248) 948-9696 to see how we may be able to help you receive fair compensation for you pain and suffering.