Our dog bite injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims attacked by a dog that jumped over a gate in Michigan. Injuries resulting from these dog attacks can be quite serious, and often result in permanent and disfiguring scars. In some cases, where a dog jumps over a gate, the dog may knock down the victim causing serious orthopedic and other injuries.
If a person is bitten on property, another property, or in the street by a dog that jumped over the gate, they do have legal rights to pursue a lawsuit against the dog owner under Michigan law.
Several Michigan dog bite laws can be used to win a settlement for the injured person, however the main law is found in the Michigan dog bite statute, M Civ JI 80.01, which states:
The owner of a dog that without provocation bites a person while that person is [on public property / lawfully on private property] is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the previous viciousness of the dog or whether the owner knew of that viciousness.
What this means is that the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless in controlling the dog. This can include not putting a leash on the dog, the lack of a proper sign in warning citizens of a vicious dog, and in this case not having proper precautions and not paying attention to the actions of the dog.
In addition to the Michigan dog bite liability law, a victim must be aware of the statute for filing a lawsuit in order to receive compensation for their injuries in the dog attack. In Michigan, a person injured in a dog bite or attack must generally file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident. If you fail to meet that deadline, your case will be destroyed and you cannot sure for your injuries.
It is essential that you contact our experienced attorneys as soon as possible so that you do not lose your rights to a fair settlement. We have extensive knowledge of these dog bite laws and use them to win substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients. If you or someone you know was injured when a dog jumped over a gate and bit you or your child, call our top rated dog bite legal team now. We will discuss your case with you and start working on your case immediately, gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case. Call now for your free consultation!