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The Provocation Defense in Dog Bite Cases

When it comes to defending their client in a dog bite case, defense attorneys will use a number of different tactics to prove that their client is not responsible for the injuries sustained by the victim of their dog’s attack. One of the most common defenses is the provocation defense. If it can be proven that the victim unreasonably provoked the animal, they may lose out on the compensation they are seeking.

If you or a loved one was bitten or attacked by a dog, the owner of the animal typically bears legal responsibility for your injuries and related damages. The Michigan dog bite lawyers of Ravid & Associates, P.C., are passionately committed to helping our clients to seek the financial compensation that they deserve when they have been the victim of an animal attack. Contact us at 877-PET-BITE.

Forms of Provocation

Some of the ways a defense attorney may allege that the dog was provoked include:

  • Hitting or teasing the dog
  • Intervening in a dog fight
  • Ignoring a “Beware of Dog” sign
  • Ignoring a verbal warning from the owner not to enter a backyard or approach a dog

In Michigan, comparative negligence may be used in dog bite cases, which means that the victim may be found to be partially, but not wholly responsible for the attack, and their compensation will be reduced by the percentage for which they are responsible.

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Dog attacks can cause devastating injuries, and it is important if the dog owner is attempting to use an invalid provocation defense to have an experienced attorney who can argue on your behalf. To speak with a reliable and skilled attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve, contact the Michigan dog bite attorneys of Ravid & Associates, P.C., by calling 877-PET-BITE today.

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