Dog Bite statistics nationwide are alarming. Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 50% of dog bite fatalities are children under 10 years old. Fatal dog attacks usually occur very near the family home. More than half of the fatalities from dog bites and dog attacks were inflicted by Pit Bulls and Rottweiler dogs, Rottweiler’s statistically being the most fatal. Other dog breeds in Michigan considered to be most statistically likely to bite are German Shepherds, wolf hybrids, Chow Chows, and Dobermans. Nearly 2% of the population are nipped or bitten by dogs, either vicious dogs or merely undisciplined.
Before your dog attack or serious dog bites, chances are you never thought about Michigan dog bite law. Statistics on dog bites and dog attacks in Michigan reveal that the great majority of dog bites and attacks are suffered by children under 12 years of age. Dog bites and attacks are unpredictable and terrifying. This is why hiring the best lawyer to handle your dog bite claim is critical. Under Michigan law, a dog owner is liable for a bite or attack, regardless of whether the dog displayed vicious tendencies. However, in some cases, an owner may argue “provocation.” Our lawyers have filed and won these cases, successfully defeating the “provocation” defense on countless occasions.
The Michigan statute [MCL 287.321] defines “dangerous animal” as a dog or other animal that bites or attacks a person, or a dog that bites or attacks and causes serious injury or death to another dog while the other dog is on the property or under the control of its owner. However, a dangerous animal does not include any of the following: an animal that bites or attacks a person who is knowingly trespassing on the property of the animal’s owner; an animal that bites or attacks a person who provokes or torments the animal; or an animal that is responding in a manner that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude was intended to protect a person if that person is engaged in a lawful activity or is the subject of an assault.
If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, call us. The consultation is free, the advice is priceless and you never have to pay an attorney fee UNTIL we win.
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