If a dog bites you or your loved one on the arm, leg, face or any other part of your body, you may be dealing with painful injuries and a long and difficult recovery period. While some dog attacks are minor, many cause serious injuries and disfigurement. Lacerations, nerve damage and infections are just a few injuries that can result from a dog bite. An attack on a child can be particularly vicious, and may even result in death. Mike Slocumb Law Firm handles such cases and has a track record of obtaining successful results on behalf of clients.
- What is the Dog Owner's Responsibility?
- Whose Insurance Company Pays My Medical Bills?
- Why Hire an Attorney for My Dog Bite Case?
If you were bitten by a dog in the Detroit area, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, which may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Our attorneys will evaluate your case and help you decide the best way to proceed. We consider all the costs associated with the case. Dog bite victims often need compensation for counseling after facing such a traumatic ordeal.
In Michigan, dog owners are held strictly liable if their dogs attack a person unprovoked. The pet owner may not be responsible if the victim was a trespasser or was on the property to commit an unlawful or criminal act. A landlord who rents a home may be liable if the tenant's dog bites and injures another person.
Usually, a homeowners or renters insurance policy will cover liability in a dog bite. If you are bitten by a dog owned by a friend or family member, you generally can file a claim through their homeowners' policy. Most policies provide several hundred thousand dollars' worth of coverage.
It may be surprising to find out that many dog bite victims have a hard time getting compensation. Insurance company adjusters may offer a small settlement that barely covers all of the expenses related to the dog attack. If that same person has an experienced attorney, the offer typically is much higher. At Slocumb Law Firm, our attorneys know how to play hardball with the insurance companies to demand a fair settlement. We are prepared to take the case to court if necessary.
Our attorneys also can handle the case discreetly if a friend or family member is involved. We typically negotiate with the insurance company adjusters. A dog owner who is your friend or family member likely will never have to step foot in a courtroom. Your lawyer won't deal directly with the dog owner unless it becomes absolutely necessary - and even then, only after consulting with you.
We urge you to speak with our law firm today if you or a loved one was injured in a dog attack. Your talk with us is free. You won't pay us a dime unless we win your case.