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.
In life before your dog attack and serious dog bites, the chances are you never even thought about Michigan dog bite law. Statistics on dog bites in Michigan, and dog attack statistics, reveal that the great majority of dog bites and dog attacks are suffered by children under 12 years of age. Dog bites and dog 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 defines “dangerous animal,” which means 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 designed to protect a person if that person is engaged in a lawful activity or is the subject of an assault.
Sec. 1. As used in this act:
(a) “Dangerous animal” means 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:
(i) An animal that bites or attacks a person who is knowingly trespassing on the property of the animal’s owner.
(ii) An animal that bites or attacks a person who provokes or torments the animal.
(iii) An animal that is responding in a manner that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude was designed to protect a person if that person is engaged in a lawful activity or is the subject of an assault.
(b) “Livestock” means animals used for human food and fiber or animals used for service to human beings. Livestock includes, but is not limited to, cattle, swine, sheep, llamas, goats, bison, equine, poultry, and rabbits. Livestock does not include animals that are human companions, such as dogs and cats.
(c) “Owner” means a person who owns or harbors a dog or other animal.
(d) “Provoke” means to perform a willful act or omission that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude is likely to precipitate the bite or attack by an ordinary dog or animal.
(e) “Serious injury” means permanent, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health, or serious impairment of a bodily function of a person.
(f) “Torment” means an act or omission that causes unjustifiable pain, suffering, and distress to an animal, or causes mental and emotional anguish in the animal as evidenced by its altered behavior, for a purpose such as sadistic pleasure, coercion, or punishment that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude is likely to precipitate the bite or attack.
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Our law office is ready to take on any personal injury or wrongful death case for people in Detroit and throughout Michigan.
Our creative lawyers have the experience and knowledge to handle any type of dog bite case, whether it involves a child bitten by a neighbor’s dog or a bite that resulted from the underground dog fighting community.
We have seen many animal attacks, particularly pitbull attacks, that occurred as a side effect of illegal dog fighting. These animals are taught to kill. They are abused and mistreated. To make matters even more dangerous, they are often not stored securely. When they escape and attack, we can help you pursue compensation. We know how to take on these cases and get results.
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