We Americans love our dogs. Generally, dogs make wonderful pets, as they are loyal, affectionate, protective of their human “families” and their owners’ property. Dogs, like humans, have the capacity to behave well or badly. Not unlike humans, a dog’s behavior can be reflective of the manner in which it was raised and socialized. A dog that is well-fed, exercised regularly, provided shelter and shown affection by it’s owner is probably less likely to attack a person than a dog which has been isolated with little human interaction, denied basic necessities and locked in a small enclosure for extended periods.
Are You A Michigan Dog Bite Victim?
Did You Know…
Every 40 seconds someone in the United States seeks medical attention for a dog bite-related injury.
Dog attacks cause nearly 5 million injuries annually, 800,000 of which require medical attention.
At least 25 different breeds of dogs have been involved in the 238 dog bite-related fatalities in the United States.
Pit Bulls and Rottweilers account for over half of these deaths.
24% of human deaths involve unrestrained dogs off of their owner’s property.
58% of human deaths involved unrestrained dogs on their owner’s property.
Why Dogs Attack
A dog may bite for a variety of reasons. Dogs are territorial animals and protect their territories, their young and their food. Dogs can become aggressive when they are fearful, startled, woken from a sleep or while eating. They may also want to establish dominance over a person; and in some cases, dogs are raised by their human owners to behave aggressively.
We Can Help
Dog attacks can be horrifying for everyone involved. Victims of dog bites and other animal attacks, and the parents of children who are victims should consult with an experienced Michigan dog bite lawyer as soon as possible after an attack to ensure that they receive the help and resources they need to deal with this terrifying experience.
In Michigan, when a dog bite or attack causes injuries, the person responsible for the dog may be legally responsible for the victim’s damages. At Sucher Legal, we have over 26 years of experience in handling these claims and can help you identify the appropriate insurance or other resources available to assist you or your loved one obtain proper compensation for and recovery from the physical and emotional issues related to the potentially long-lasting consequences of this traumatic event. Michigan has specific laws governing the care and restraint of domestic pets, and we will make sure your legal rights are protected.
If you or a loved one is the victim of an attack by a dog or other animal, please submit a simple, quick, and free consultation form now, so an experienced Michigan dog-bite attorney may personally evaluate your claim and contact you to discuss your options or, if you prefer, call our office at any time.