Dog Bite Lawyer in Detroit, Michigan
If a dog injured you or a loved one, you may be able to file a claim against the owners of the dog. A dog bite lawyer in Michigan at Marko Law may be able to help. Our personal injury team can discuss your legal options and determine the best legal strategy for your situation. The initial consultation is free, and we do not receive payment until you win your case.
Get legal help now for your dog bit case. Call Marko Law at 313-777-7LAW for a free case review.
Recovering Compensation After a Dog Bite in Michigan
If a dog bit you, you may be eligible to recover compensation from the dog’s owner. In most cases, you will file a claim with the owner’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. It can be especially helpful if the dog belonged to your neighbor or friend. The owner will not pay out of pocket and you do not even need to discuss the claim.
Filing a Claim with the Insurer
Michigan has enacted specific strict liability rules for dog bite cases. This means you can hold the dog owner liable for injuries from a dog bite, even if the dog has no history of viciousness.
To file a successful dog bite claim, you must prove:
- The defendant owns the dog.
- The owner allowed you to be on the property when the dog bit you.
- You did not provoke the dog attack.
We CAN help to establish all three elements above to win your case. One hurdle you might come across is the existence of a “Bad Dog” sign. If you suffered injuries on someone else’s property and a “Bad Dog” sign was clearly visible, the owner may be able to escape liability.
How a Marko Law Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help
Even if your case is self-evident, you may have difficulty reaching a fair settlement with the insurance company. Our law firm can take on your case to help you get the compensation your deserve. When you enlist the help of the Marko Law team, we will:
- Investigate the attack
- Gather any necessary evidence
- Interview eyewitnesses
- Discuss your case with medical experts to determine the severity of your injuries and to establish how they may affect you over time
Our legal team can manage all communication with the insurance company. We handle all negotiations with the insurance company so that you do not have to. In addition, we prepare your case for court and present your case in front of a judge and jury if the insurer refuses to offer you a fair settlement
Recoverable Damages in a Michigan Dog Bite Claim
A dog bite can require extensive treatment and have lasting consequences. While there are no guarantees about what compensation you will receive, we have helped clients recover the following damages in previous cases:
These losses have a specific monetary value. They include
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Miscellaneous expenses
- Physical therapy
We calculate economic damages based on medical reports, invoices, receipts, living expenses, pay stubs, and other documents.
Noneconomic damages typically include ways in which the accident affected your daily life. They include
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of quality of life
- Permanent disfigurement
- Social anxiety and humiliation, if the bite left highly visible scars
To establish your right to these damages, we can discuss your case with an expert witness to show how your life has changed since the attack. We can also interview your family, friends, and co-workers to establish any personality changes since the injury occurred. Keeping a pain journal can also help establish the pain, suffering, and inconvenience your injury has caused you.
How Your Own Negligence Can Affect the Value of Your Claim
Michigan is a comparative negligence state, which means any negligent action on your part will decrease the compensation to which you are entitled. Essentially, any action you took that could have caused the dog to attack you can lower your claim value.
For example, if an investigation found you 10 percent at fault for your dog bite, you would be entitled to 90 percent of your claim’s value. If you requested $10,000, you would be able to recover $9,000.
Contact Marko Law Today to Get Started with Your Case
Don’t let someone else’s mistake negatively impact your life forever. Contact Marko Law today to explore your legal rights and find out what your case is worth. We handle all types of dog bite cases for clients in Detroit and across Michigan. Contact a personal injury lawyer today at 313-777-7LAW and get a free, no-obligation case assessment.