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When Is An Owner Liable For A Dog’s Actions In Michigan?

Dog bites can result in serious injuries that can last long after physical wounds have healed. Further, dog bites can cause significant psychological harm, especially if the victim is a child.

In the state of Michigan, if a dog bites another person and that person was legally on the property where the dog was present and did not provoke the dog prior to the bite, the dog’s owner may be liable for the victim’s injuries. Unlike other states that have a “one bite” rule or mandate that there be a previous history of violence with the dog before a victim can recover—Michigan has no such rule.

In many cases, the dog owner may be a friend or a family member. Many people are reluctant to directly sue a close friend or relative. However, if the attack occurred on the owner’s property, it is likely that most damages will be covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy, not his or her personal finances.

If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, schedule a consult with us. We can talk about the incident and answer any pressing questions about the process involved with pursuing a claim for damages.

Helping You Pursue Compensation For Dog Bite Injuries

At Failey Law PLC, founding attorney Bill Failey has extensive experience handling personal injury claims, including dog bite claims, for those Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kent County and surrounding areas.

Extensive Trial Experience

Bill Failey is very familiar with the courtroom. As a seasoned litigator, he has tried many personal injury cases throughout courts in Michigan and recovered significant verdicts.

Support From Peers

Bill Failey has also received peer recognition for his achievement in the practice of law. He has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 4 consecutive years, an award given only to attorneys who have been nominated by peers.

Contact Failey Law Today To Set Up A Free Initial Consultation

We invite you to contact the firm today to set up a meeting with an experienced lawyer. At our firm, you will always receive one-on-one service from attorney Bill Failey from beginning to end. Your case is important. It will never be passed off to an inexperienced secretary or associate.

Call 616-965-1088 or send us an email to learn more today.

Free consultations are always provided. We also offer contingency fee arrangements, which means you pay nothing unless we recover for you.

Practice Areas

Auto Accident Injuries

Auto Accident Injuries

Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death