Dog Bite Lawyer in Canton

Dog bite injuries can have a serious impact on your health and require extensive medical treatment and a lengthy recovery. You may also experience emotional trauma after a sudden dog attack that causes you pain and suffering.

Although your health insurance may cover part of the cost of medical treatment, medical expenses combined with lost wages can quickly become a financial burden. A personal injury lawyer at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., can offer legal advice and help you to navigate Michigan dog bite laws to win your case and get you the compensation you deserve.

Who Is Responsible in a Dog Bite Case?

Michigan is a “strict liability” state which means that the dog owner bears full responsibility for the dog and cannot claim ignorance of the dangerous behaviors exhibited by the animal.

However, there are certain statutes in place that dictate the conditions under which you can make a dog bite claim. Statute MCLA 287.351 states that the owner of a domesticated animal is fully responsible in the case of an attack if:

  • The attack occurred in a public place, or the dog bite victim was lawfully inside the home owner’s property.
  • The injury sustained as a direct result of the dog bite and not the result of related behaviors like jumping.
  • The dog bite victim did not unduly provoke the dog to aggression.

Personal injury cases have a three-year statute of limitations. To ensure you file your claim within the three-year timeframe, hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to help to navigate the complexities of filing a lawsuit to get your case resolved quickly and successfully.

How Can I Make a Claim?

If you have suffered an injury due to a dog bite, you are eligible to file a personal injury claim. If you are a postal worker, delivery driver, or tradesperson who was attacked while on the job, you may be eligible to make a claim through your worker’s compensation policy.

Document the time, date, and place of the attack, and take photographic evidence of the injuries you have sustained. Keep a record of all doctor and hospital visits and any medical treatment you receive. This information is an important part of building your case.

Call Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C.

If you are the victim of a dog bite attack and have questions to ask a lawyer about your claim, call our law offices at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., for a free consultation. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have successfully represented clients in numerous cases similar to your own and can help you to get the compensation you deserve.

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