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In Michigan, dog bite claims are known as strict liability causes of action. Under Michigan's dog bite statute, the injured plaintiff only needs to prove they suffered a dog bite, the dog bite was without provocation, the defendant owned the dog and that the plaintiff was lawfully at the location where the dog bite occurred.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the US. Almost one in five people require medical attention for their dog-bite-related injuries. Not surprisingly, half of those individuals who require medical attention are children under the age of 12. Dog attacks can leave gruesome personal injuries on individuals, leaving lasting physical and emotional scars to those who have been attacked. Children tend to be especially susceptible to dog bites on their face, often with devastating results.
You may have questions about liability. You may have questions about whether or not you have a case. You may have questions about what to do immediately following a dog bite incident.
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Frequently asked questions
What should I do after a dog bite?
Following a dog bite incident, you should contact the police immediately at the scene. The police will be a valuable resource in conducting the initial investigation. You should also take pictures of your wounds and obtain the contact information of the dog owner.
If you feel like you have an injury, even if it feels minor, you should immediately seek medical treatment at an emergency room, urgent care unit or with your primary care physician. Make sure you tell your medical professional every injury or complaint of pain that you’re feeling. Even small pains or complaints can lead to a much larger issue if not addressed immediately. Addressing each pain or complaint with your medical professional assists them in correctly diagnosing your injuries. You should follow your medical professional’s advice regarding a treatment plan and do not miss an appointment.
You should report this incident right away to your insurance company. Whatever you do, do not give a recorded statement to any insurance representative. The best rule of thumb is to contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident to assist in the handling of your dog bite case.
Jeremy Tiedt at Michigan Accident & Injury Law will provide you a free consultation and discuss with you your best path forward before you contact any insurance company. For a free consultation, contact Michigan Accident & Injury Law and speak with attorney Jeremy Tiedt.
What does strict liability mean for dog bites?
The dog bite statutes in Michigan hold the owner of a dog liable for damages inflicted by the dog if it bites a person who is in a public place or lawfully on the dog owner’s property. Strict liability means the dog owner is liable regardless of whether the dog has bitten anybody else or the owner did not have reason to believe the dog would be vicious. In essence, you do not have to show the dog has had a prior history of bites or viciousness. The only defense to strict liability is if you, the injured party, provoked the dog.
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