Pursuing Compensation For a Dog Bite Lawsuit
Unsurprisingly, many states have specific laws and statutes that govern how individuals can pursue an injury claim for a dog bite or animal attack. Michigan has a "strict liability" statute that is intended to hold the owner of any dog liable for the dog's actions and behavior when an attack is unprovoked. This means that as long as the victim did nothing to threaten the dog, or otherwise cause it to attack in self-defense, the dog owner will be held liable for any injuries or damages that the dog causes. It does not matter where the attack occurred, or if the attack is the dog's first reported incident.
It's also important to remember that in many cases, the dog owner's homeowner's insurance company will typically pay the settlement when compensation is awarded. This is important because, often times, the dog that attacks is owned by a neighbor, friend, or even a family member. Typically victims do not want to pursue a dog bite lawsuit because they don't want to force a family member or friend to pay any compensation out of pocket. Luckily, the money may not have to come directly out of the dog owner's pocket, as there can be insurance that can cover the cost of compensation.
What types of injuries does a dog bite lawsuit cover?
Victims who suffer a dog bite attack can experience a variety of different injuries that can range from fairly harmless to potentially life-threatening. The victim can recover compensation for all of these injuries, but the most common injuries that we see include:
- Puncture Wounds
- Skin Lacerations
- Nerve Damage
- Rabies Virus
Don't Face Your Injuries Alone
Listen, we understand that sometimes accidents just happen. Animals can be unpredictable, and sometimes an attack can occur when you least expect it. Unfortunately, most dog bite victims aren't even aware that they have legal options available to them that can aid in the process of recovery. When you've been attacked by a dog, and that attack was unprovoked, you should not be held financially responsible for the medical treatment you need to recover. The dog bite and personal injury experts at Garton & Vogt have an in-depth understanding of the laws and regulations that govern dog and animal attacks and are here to help you seek the justice you deserve. If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog, call our office today for a free consultation and find out how we've helped countless others just like you.