Coming into contact with dogs is inevitable, whether you have a pet of your own or not. In ordinary circumstances, those who do not want to have direct contact with dogs are able to avoid them successfully in parks, sidewalks and cafes where they frequent. However, some dogs can be aggressive and may provoke attacks on the general public. This can be a scary experience, especially if you have a child with you at the time.
If you or your child has been injured by a dog in Michigan, you may be able to make a personal injury claim against the dog owner, regardless of whether the attack occurred on private property or in a public place. It is important that you understand the laws in Michigan so that you can take the appropriate action to protect your rights.
Strict liability dog bite law applies in Michigan
In some states, owners are not held liable for damages when their dog bites for the first time. However, the law is stricter in Michigan, and owners will be held responsible for the actions of the dog as long as the injured person did not provoke or attack the dog.
What damages could I recover if I take action?
If you decide to make a claim against the dog owner for the damages suffered, you should receive compensation for the medical expenses, as well as for the pain and suffering caused.
It is important that you take swift action to hold a dog owner responsible for the actions of their dog. By doing so, you will have a better chance of being successful.