For dog bite victims, recovering from injuries can take significant time, energy, and money. Severe dog bites can fracture bones and cause permanent nerve damage, and in rare cases, can even kill. Even mild bites can cause significant psychological harm due to the trauma of a sudden dog attack.
You deserve compensation for your suffering, even if the dog’s owner is a friend or family member. In some cases, you may be able to cover your medical bills by filing a claim against the homeowner’s insurance policy covering the dog’s owner. Other times, a different type of suit is necessary. An experienced dog bite lawyer at our law firm can walk you through the options available to you.
If a dog bite occurs, it’s critical to document when and where it happened. Get contact information for the owner and any witnesses, then seek immediate medical care.
Even if the bite is minor, it can easily become infected. Dog bite injuries can result in major medical care, including:
File a police report to ensure there is a record of the incident, and take pictures of the injuries as soon as possible. Then, contact a lawyer with extensive experience in personal injury law. Having extensive evidence in hand can make it easier to win compensation, no matter what kind of suit you end up filing.
As a general rule, owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. However, there are a few exceptions for incidents involving provocation or trespass. Dog owners may accuse you of provocation in an attempt to defend themselves against a lawsuit, but in many cases, you can refute their claims.
You may be able to win full compensation for medical bills, especially if the dog’s owner has homeowner’s insurance and the incident happened on their property. In certain very serious attacks, you may even be able to win damages for pain and suffering. Postal workers, utility workers, and utility drivers may be able to file for workers compensation for medical bills and lost wages.
Depending on your relationship to the dog owner, you may be hesitant to file suit. However, it’s important to remember that a homeowner’s insurance policy can cover medical bills, so neither you nor the dog’s owner would have to pay.
Cochran, Kroll and Associates, P.C. can help you sort through the legal issues in your case. Our law firm represents clients all over southeastern Michigan. We help our clients obtain compensation for medical expenses in a wide range of personal injury cases. Call us today at 1-866-308-6261 for a free consultation.
A young couple from Monroe, Michigan, was awarded a $15.8 million verdict as the result of their baby son, Jason, being inflicted with Cerebral Palsy as the result of an error during the final stages of a labor.
Oakland County, Michigan
While in the hospital a mother of three was not properly treated for a closed-head injury causing her untimely death.
A Livonia pedestrian recovered $1.4 million when he was struck by a commercial van resulting in a traumatic brain injury in Redford, Michigan.
Wayne County, Michigan
Patient suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage when a hospital failed to recognize internal bleeding and treatment was delayed for more than 14 hours.
Tuscola County, Michigan
A Tuscola County jury awarded $3.3 million to a severely brain injured motorist as the result of a defective Michigan highway.
A seventeen-year-old construction worker suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting from a fall in Flint, Michigan, and was awarded $1.25 million.
Wayne County, Michigan
Middle-aged woman suffered severe disfiguring facial burns from a simple surgical procedure.
Child developed cerebral palsy with developmental delays due to lack of oxygen and brain injury during labor and delivery.
A Westland construction worker recovered $1.5 million after sustaining a traumatic brain injury while on a construction site in Detroit, Michigan.
A Marlette, Michigan, family reached a $1.3 million settlement in the traffic death of their 5-year-old son when they were struck by a semi truck.
The misdiagnosis of breast cancer resulted in a Redford, Michigan, woman recovering $225,000.
A construction worker redeemed his worker’s compensation case for $125,000 in Detroit, Michigan.
A paraplegic woman from Monroe, Michigan, recovered Michigan no-fault benefits including the purchase of a new home and attendant care in excess of $400,000.
Brighton, Michigan; Detroit, Michigan
A Brighton family recovered $1.3 million and a Detroit family recovered $900,000 as the result of birth injuries and medical malpractice to their children.
Bay City, Michigan
A Bay City grandmother was awarded $80,000 following an auto accident resulting in a broken leg.