Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

We Understand the Physical and Emotional Trauma Caused by an Animal Attack

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year.  Approximately 20% of these victims (about 885,000 people) required medical attention.  In a recent year, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by a dog.

Dog bites can be particularly devastating, not only because of the pain, physical damage, and scarring that often results, but also for the trauma inflicted upon the victims.  In many cases, those injured are unable to defend themselves, which results in significant injuries.

Dog Bite Injuries

An attack by a dog can be a traumatic event that may cause long-term psychological harm. The most common dog bite injuries are puncture wounds and lacerations, which may result in serious scarring.  Dog bites can also lead to dangerous infections and fractures.

Frequently, dog attacks are focused on the head, arms, and legs of victims.  These attacks can not only damage eyes, ears, and the mouths of the victims (particularly in the form of puncture wounds), but can also results in significant scarring, which in turn may require painful reconstructive surgery.

When reconstructive surgery is required, additional pain and suffering are incurred, as well as the risk of complications such as infection.  When facial scarring results, the victim may have to face such scarring for the rest of his or her life.

In Michigan, a Dog Owner is Responsible for any Damage to a Person Caused by their Dog.

It is important to understand that in Michigan there is no “one free bite” rule where a dog is considered not to be dangerous until the dog first bites someone.  As a result, dog owners are liable the first time their dog bites someone.

Dog Bites Can Occur At Any Time and Without Provocation.

A person walking down a sidewalk may be suddenly attacked by a dog.  In many cases, the attacks occur so quickly that even healthy victims are unable to take any defensive measures before the attack begins.

No One Deserves to be the Victim of a Dog or Animal Attack

In most cases, dog and other animal attacks are entirely preventable.  Usually dogs that attack people will be known to have violent tendencies which are ignored by the owner.

In some instances, the owners themselves teach dogs to be violent in order to “protect” the owner.  Owners may also intentionally buy dogs that have been bred for fighting and aggression.  When these dogs are unrestrained and are able to reach another person, the dogs do what it they are trained to do – attack.

Our Firm is Committed to Recovering the Full Measure of Damages for Our Clients Who Have Been Injured by Dog Attacks

Dog attacks are the fault of dog owners.  When attacks happen, the owners must be held accountable for all injuries and damages inflicted.  This is the only way to encourage and promote responsible dog ownership.

If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured in a Dog Attack or From an Attack by Another Dangerous Animal, Please Contact Our Firm. 

We will meet with you for a free, no-risk consultation.  After learning about your case, we can explain to you your legal rights for recovery.  We represent the victims of dog and animal attacks on a contingency fee basis, which means that there is no fee to us unless we recover compensation for our clients.

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