Michigan Dog And Animal Bite Lawyer

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Animal neglect is at an all-time high in America today, despite pet ownership going up. That can only mean one thing: More animals are being adopted and bought, and more are being abused and neglected. The consequences of neglect are not reflected only on the animals, however. With neglect comes angry and agitated animals, ones ready to attack innocent people. The safety concerns surrounding pet bites are many, death being chief among them. However, infection, dismemberment, and severe pain are more common consequences of dog and animal bites and attacks.

Nearly 5 million attacks happen in the U.S. each year. Roughly 1,000 emergency room visits happen each day with pet bite and attacks to blame. In addition to the amount of dogs that attack at random, or after abandonment, there is a whole subculture founded on raising violent dogs. Raising dogs to participate in dangerous fights is detrimental to dogs—and the rest of society. Innocent civilians with no connections to dog fighting become at risk when fighting dogs, if not killed after losing, are dumped into the streets, free to roam around towns hungry, abused, and bred to kill. Violent traits become inherit in the dogs, and they can attack without notice, doing serious harm—death included—to anyone who crosses paths with the animals.

Michigan residents should pay close attention to the vulnerabilities associated with living among a dog fighting society, because according to the Michigan Humane Society, over 125 cases of dog fighting occur each year in Michigan, with purses ranging from $35,000 to $50,000. The majority of cases involve more than 10 dogs and are more likely to take place in the Detroit area, although cases do exist in other parts of the state. Abandoning a fighting dog in the streets of Michigan is similar to dispatching a firearm for anyone to pick up—there are no certainties on the potential outcomes, but violence is likely.

If you have been attacked or bitten by an animal, there are two things you must do: First, seek medical attention, and document every injury that occurred as a result of the attack. After that, make sure to contact a qualified personal injury lawyer in Michigan with experience dealing in animal bite cases. They are of the utmost knowledge on dog bite cases, and will know how to seek compensation for medical costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.

Michigan is a strict liability state, meaning that the owner of a dog is held strictly liable if their dog bites an individual without being provoked. Excluded in this are incidents where it is found that the bite victim was trespassing on a property or there to commit a crime.

A dog and animal bite lawyer will be well-versed in Michigan dog bite statues and laws, and can use the knowledge to establish your innocence in a case. To assist your lawyer in the acquisition of compensation for your injuries, there are a few questions you must provide truthful answers to:
Was the dog on a leash?
Were you provoking the dog in any fashion?
Were you on the owner\'s property, or was the dog roaming freely?
Were there any witnesses to the bite or attack?

The information to these questions can provide a dog bite lawyer with the testimony and details he needs to build a successful claim.

To locate an experienced personal injury or dog and animal bite lawyer in Michigan, visit the American Bar Association to gain free access to thousands of personal injury and dog and animal bite lawyer profiles.

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