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What Do You Do When a Dog Bites?

By Lipton Law on September 13, 2012 - No comments

The risk of a dog bite is present whenever human beings interact with an unknown, or even a known, dog. The risk is greater when small children are involved. Small children may not know that their actions, innocent as they may be, will be viewed as a provocation by even a gentle dog. Consequently, it is very important to never leave little ones alone with an unfamiliar dog.

MI Dog Attack LawMichigan Comp. Laws Ann., section 287.351 provides that if you are a victim of a dog bite, the owner of the dog is responsible to compensate you for your injuries. Regardless of whether you were on public property or private property (at the invitation of the property owner – that is not just as a guest but anyone who is not a trespasser or someone on the property to do something illegal or criminal, such as deliver personnel, mail carriers, and the like), if you did not provoke the dog and it bites you anyway, the owner is liable according to the dog bite law in Michigan. In some situations, if the owner of the dog involved is a tenant living in someone else’s property, both the owner of the dog and the owner of the rental property may be looked to for compensation for the damages and injuries suffered by a victim of a dog bite.

Regardless of the age of the victim bitten by a dog, the aftermath of such an event extends past the time the dog is no longer a threat. To address the physical and emotional injuries occasioned by the dog bite, financial resources are required. The Southfield dog bite lawyers at Lipton Law will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us for a free consultation at 1 (248) 557-1688.