Strict Liability State
Michigan falls into the category of “strict liability” when it comes to dog bites. This means the owner of a dog cannot escape liability. The owner cannot claim they didn’t know about their dog’s tendency for aggression or to bite.
This does not mean, however, there is no defense for the owner of the dog. To prove liability, the plaintiff’s case must present the following information:
- the injury must be the result of a dog bite
- at the time of the bite, the injured person must have been in a public space or legally in a private space
- the bite wasn’t the result of provocation
If the case doesn’t fulfill the above requirements, the owner may not be liable for the dog bite.
For example, if the injured person was trespassing at the time of the bite, they cannot sue the owner for damages.
Similarly, a person cannot tease or anger a dog to produce aggressive behavior. If they do, they cannot recover damages for the injuries.
You Need an Attorney
If you plan to sue someone for damages related to a dog bite injury, you’ll need proper representation. Be sure to compile all the important information you’ll need for your case.
You’ll need to bring the following information:
- photos of your injuries
- medical records, including bills and visit summaries
- names and statements of all witnesses
- your own memories of the event
A successful case will not come without preparedness.
Michigan Dog Bite Laws to Know
Dog big laws can be confusing, as they vary widely by state. Michigan is a “strict liability” state, meaning the owner is always liable for dog bite injuries.
You cannot rely solely on strict liability to win your case. You must come prepared to your attorney if you expect to recover damages.
Do you need help navigating Michigan dog bite laws? Contact a personal injury lawyertoday to get your free consultation.