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.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to make a claim for non-economic damages commonly referred to as “pain and suffering.” But recovering money for your pain, suffering and injuries is not the only compensation you may be entitled to. The negligent driver may also be responsible for excess economic loss [MCL 500.3135(3)]. In cases involving death, the estate of the motorcyclist can pursue a wrongful death claim against the at fault motor vehicle driver. Injured motorcyclists must be very careful in how they approach a potential liability claim because, in most situations, the insurer of the motor vehicle involved in the accident will be “wearing two hats.” In other words, the insurer will be responsible for payment of no-fault PIP benefits to the injured motorcyclist and will also be the insurer defending the motorcyclist’s liability claim. In these situations, the motorcyclist must exercise extreme caution in his or her dealings with the motor vehicle insurer. Hiring our firm immediately following an accident will prevent a costly mistake which could jeopardize the value of your case.
If a motorcycle is physically damaged as a result of being struck by a car, truck or other motor vehicle as defined in the Michigan No-Fault Law and that motor vehicle is insured with Michigan No-Fault insurance, the motorcycle owner will not be able to recover any compensation for collision damage to the motorcycle – not even so called “mini-tort” damages that are available to automobiles. However, if the motor vehicle causing the damage to the motorcycle did not carry the required Michigan No-Fault insurance coverage, then the owner and/or operator of the uninsured motor vehicle is personally liable for the damage to the motorcycle [MCL 500.3135].
In situations where a motorcycle was “reasonably parked” at the time the collision damage was sustained, the motorcycle owner would be entitled to make a claim for “property protection insurance benefits” from the insurer of the motor vehicle causing the damage to the parked motorcycle. These property protection insurance benefits consist of the repair costs or replacement value of the motorcycle, less depreciation, plus the value of loss of use of the motorcycle. Protection greatly enhances the chance for a serious injury
To find out more about what our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys can do for you, e-mail us or call us at 1 (800) MUST-WIN (1-800-687-8946).
We are ready to provide strong representation to motorcycle crash victims in Detroit and throughout Michigan.
At our law firm, we understand that motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. Whether you or a loved one has suffered a motorcycle head injury, back injury or other catastrophic injury, we can help. If you have lost a family member in a fatal motorcycle accident, we will stand by your side.
We know what it takes to get results.
Our record for success is built on the fact that we are aggressive and that we do not back down from a challenge. We know the opposition may be fierce. That makes no difference to us. We go into every case with the full force of all of our knowledge, energy and creativity, ready to do everything it takes to see that you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life. For specific examples of dog bite cases we have won, visit our Verdicts and Settlements page.
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