Michigan Dog Bites
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Michigan's Dog Bite Law
Michigan's Dog Bite Law is considered a strict liability law. This means a person who's dog bites a person is liable for the injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering that dog causes. The only thing that a person needs to prove is that :
Once these elements are proven the owner of the dog, usually their homeowners insurance, will be liable to pay for the damages. Often these damages can be significant in the form of medical bills, permanent scarring, psychological trauma, future medical bills, risks of infection and nerve damage that may last far into the future.
Dog Bite Facts
Thousands of persons are bitten by dogs each year. Often these dog bites occur to children or delivery persons (ie; postal employees, newspaper delivery). Often times the dogs responsible for these injuries are small family dogs who are very territorial in nature. Other times these bites are from dogs who have a reputation for viciousness.
Michigan's Dog Bite law does not require prior knowledge of viciousness. The Dog Bite law does away with the old common law "one free bite rule". The Michigan legislature recognized that dog owners must be responsible to protect the community and children from their pets. Each year of approximately 800,000 people receiving medical treatment from dog bites, half are children. Vicous dog attacks scar, injure and even kill thousands each year.
Dog Bite Defenses
There are very few defenses to a dog bite for a home owner. The only defenses the Michigan Dog Bite Law recognize is Provcation and Trespass. Often an insurance company will try to assert one of these two defenses. However, what the insurance adjuster states as trespass or provocation is not always consistent with the law. That is why it is important that you contact our office and know your legal rights.
Michigan Statute of Limitations
Michigan law allows a person who has been bitten by a dog up to three years from the date of the bite or incident to file a claim. There are exceptions such as if the person is a minor under the age of 18. If the person is a minor at the time of the incident then they have until their 19th birthday to file a claim. If you or you child has been bitten by a dog you should contact our office immediately. It is important to preserve the evidence for your claim. Immediately contact our office and record the event through animal control, the police, or your physician.
Value of your Dog Bite Case
While each case is different and determining the value of your case is a difficult process we believe that all dog bite cases have value. The only question based on the strict liabilty nature of Michigan's statute is what are the damages and what is the value of your case. Many times it is important to wait and see how the scarring and injuries heal to determine the appropriate value, other thimes it is better to proceed immediately. The Barrix Law Firm has successfully represented dog bite victims throughout Michigan. While insurance companies look for reasons to devalue your claim we fight to increase the value, often getting 2-5 times the insurance companies original offer to settle.
A Lawyer Fighting For you
Unlike many Law Firms we handle your claim for you. We don't refer the claim to another lawyer and were right here in your community. We are not afraid to file suit and fight for you in Court if the insurance company does not meet their responsibilty. Contact our office and we'll fight for you too.
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Why the Law office of Jason Barrix
The Law Office of Jason Barrix has the experience you need to fight the insurance companies to get the maximum compensation the law says that you are entitled to.
We aggressively fight for our clients from the first appointment until the case is resolved.
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