The pain of a dog bite and injuries can be excruciating. Bites can not only lead to deep lacerations, damaged nerves and broken bones, but in some cases can be fatal. Recovering from a dog bite takes time and can mean lost wages due to missed days of work. If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses.
A personal injury attorney from Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., can help you navigate the complexities of Michigan laws regarding dog bites to help you win your case and get the compensation you deserve.
Michigan is one of a handful of states that has specific statutes pertaining to dog bites. Michigan has “strict liability” laws which state that in the case of a bite injury, the dog owner bears full responsibility for the dog and cannot claim ignorance of the dog’s behavior. According to statute MCLA 287.351, the dog owner is liable in a dog bite case if:
Personal injury cases have a three year statute of limitations in Michigan. If you fail to file your lawsuit before this time, your case may not be accepted. To expedit the legal process in your personal injury case, you need experienced lawyers who can help you sift through the legal issues surrounding your case.
Compensation for dog bite injuries varies according to the severity of the bite and the level of pain and suffering the injury has caused. You are entitled to a sum that covers the cost of your medical expenses, and in cases of severe dog bites, you may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering due to the trauma you have endured.
If the dog owner is a friend or relative, and you are unsure about pursuing a claim, it is still recommended that you file a suit. In most cases, insurance companies will cover the payout if the dog owner has homeowners insurance.
If you sustained the dog bite injury while working as a tradesperson, postal worker or a delivery driver, you may be entitled to payments via worker’s compensation. A personal injury attorney from Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. understands the legal issues involved with worker’s compensation claims as well as dog bite cases to help you negotiate the intricacies of the Michigan legal system.
To improve the likelihood of winning your case, document the time, date and place the attack occurred, as well as the nature and severity of your dog bite injury. Keep all documentation pertaining to your hospitalization including testing and discharge information.
Our law firm is committed to providing you with the best legal advice and representation in your personal injury case. The team at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., has extensive experience across a broad range of dog bite cases in Detroit, MI area and surrounding Wayne county. Call our law office at (866)-755-9502 to schedule your free consultation with our dog bite lawyers in Michigan.
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