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Michigan Dog Bite Laws

When it comes to dog bites, every state has different laws that handle the issues of liability and compensation. Michigan’s dog bite laws attempt to provide victims of dog bites with the ability to pursue the compensation they need when bitten by a dangerous dog, while making sure that responsibility for the attack is placed on the appropriate individuals.

If you or someone you love was attacked by a dog, don’t hesitate to pursue compensation for the injuries caused by the incident. The Michigan dog bite lawyers of Ravid & Associates, P.C., are dedicated to helping victims of dog bites pursue compensation for the pain and suffering caused by irresponsible dog owners. To speak with an attorney about your case, contact us today at 877-PET-BITE.

Dog Bite Liability in Michigan

The following are some important features of Michigan’s dog bite laws:

  • Dog bite suits can be brought under either dog bite statutes, or under Michigan common law
  • There is no “one-bite rule” in Michigan—owners can be sued even if it is the first incident of an attack by the animal
  • Under Michigan’s dog bite statutes, if a dog bites someone without provocation on public property or while the person is lawfully on private property, the owner is liable
  • If a person is a guest on someone’s property for the purpose of committing an illegal act and is bitten by a dog, they cannot hold the owner liable
  • If an owner knows their dog is dangerous, they are subject to strict liability for their dog’s actions
  • When provocation of the dog is in question, relative fault or comparative negligence can be applied to determine the amount of compensation awarded

If you’ve been bitten by someone else’s dog and are wondering how Michigan’s dog bite laws apply to you, don’t hesitate to consult with an attorney.

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At Ravid & Associates, P.C., our Michigan dog bite attorneys are committed to helping victims of dog bites fight for the compensation they need following an attack. We know that dog bites can be a serious and devastating occurrence and victims of such attacks may deserve to be compensated for the pain and suffering they have experienced. To speak with a compassionate dog bite attorney today, contact us at 877-PET-BITE.

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