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Defenses Used By Dog Owners

When a dog bites someone and the victim decides to take legal action against the owner, the owner will often try to present a reason or multiple reasons why they are not responsible for the injuries suffered by the victim. The circumstances of the event as well as the state’s specific dog bite laws will determine whether or not a dog owner has a reasonable argument. If you are pursuing compensation for a dog attack, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side who can counter any claims brought by the defense that you are responsible for your injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a dog attack, a Michigan dog bite attorney from Ravid & Associates, P.C., can help you fight for the compensation you need. To speak with one of our qualified attorneys today, contact us at 877-PET-BITE.

Dog Owner Defenses

In most dog bite lawsuits, the question of guilt ultimately comes down to whether or not the owner is at fault for the behavior of their dog. Some of the possible defenses that a dog owner might make include:

  • The dog was provoked by the injured person
  • The victim ignored verbal cautioning by the owner or posted warning signs
  • The victim was trespassing (though “implied visitation” allows people to go on others’ property for normal errands)
  • The victim was on the property for illegal reasons

Having a good attorney on your side may help you discredit these types of defenses, giving you a better chance of securing the compensation you need.

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If you or someone you love was attacked by someone else’s dog, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney about your case. A Michigan dog bite lawyer from Ravid & Associates, P.C., can help you better understand your legal rights and options at this time, so contact us today at 877-PET-BITE.

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