We may see dogs are our best friends, and we may have had a close relationship with them for thousands of years, but things can go wrong for many reasons and those usually gentle animals end up biting someone. With around five million dog bites happening every year in the U.S. – and some 800,000 of those needing medical treatment in an emergency room – the issue of dog bites is a very real one indeed.
If you have been bitten by a dog, then you want to know that you can engage the services of a competent Michigan dog bite attorney who knows how to file a dog bite claim in the State of Michigan and who will ensure any dog bite victim receives any compensation due.
As with most other states, Michigan has strict liability laws when it comes to dog bite attacks. Put simply, and with some rare exceptions, a dog owner must accept responsibility when it comes to dog bite cases. But in order to pursue a personal injury claim after being bitten by a dog, there are some things you must be able to prove. You must be able to show that you were bitten and that any injuries claimed for were as a result of any bite. You must also be able to prove that you did not provoke the dog in any way and that either the attack happened in a public place or, if the attack happened on private property, that you had a legal right to be there.
It is also worth noting that if you are a dog owner, then you may also face criminal charges in the event of severe injury or death being caused by the attack. Dog owners may be covered for an attack if they have this included in their insurance policy. In 2017, the average award in dog bite claims was $39,017.
If you have been bitten in a dog attack, you have three years from the date of the attack to file a claim under Michigan law. Working with an experienced law firm such as Cochran, Kroll & Associates can help you deal with any involved insurance company, file a claim, and look at whether we can pursue compensation for pain and suffering.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite injury and need advice and representation, then the team at Cochran, Kroll & Associates is your ideal choice. We have been specializing in personal injury cases for many years and have represented many dog bite victims. We believe in building a strong attorney-client relationship and will represent you to the best of our abilities. To evaluate your case, we offer an initial free consultation so why not book one today by calling us at (866)-779-7331.
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