If you or a loved one has been bitten or injured by a dog, you may be entitled to bring a lawsuit against the dog owner or possessor to recover for your injuries. Dog bite cases require the injured person to prove specific elements in order to recover damages.

Understanding the law of dog bites and attacks is important for victims who have been injured. But if you’re a dog owner, being aware of the liability to which your dog ownership exposes you will help you understand your legal responsibilities regarding your dog, so that you can protect the safety of others and avoid exposing yourself to liability.

In this video, Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer Tom Sinas talks about Michigan’s dog bite laws and liability, as well as the insurance coverage that’s needed, in the event the dog ever bites someone.


Types Of Claims

In Michigan, dog bite claims may be brought three different ways:

  1. under Michigan’s dog bite statute.
  2. common-law strict liability.
  3. common-law negligence.

Dog Bite Facts That May Be Important

Each of the following actions has its own requirements, which must be proven for a successful dog bite claim successful. That is why it’s important for you and your attorney to work together to establish the facts of the attack, and determine the appropriate cause of action for your claim. Important facts may include:

    1. date, time, and location of the attack.
    2. names of the owner and/or the possessor of the dog at the time of the attack.
    3. whether the dog was provoked into attacking the victim.
    4. whether. at the time of the attach, the victim was in a place that he or she was legally allowed to be.

Dog bite cases can be complicated. The attorneys at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm have the experience you need to protect your rights and help you obtain the justice you deserve. Understanding your rights is the first step in making your claim successful. In this section of the website, we help you know the law on Michigan dog bite claims.