In Michigan, we have what is called “strict liability” when it comes to victims of dog attacks. If you are attacked without provocation, you are entitled to damages from the dog’s owner. In order to win your case and collect damages, however, you will need to be able to prove four things. First, you must show that you actually were attacked or injured. Second, you must prove that the person being sued is the owner of the dog. Third, you must show that you didn’t provoke the attack. Finally, you must prove that you were acting peaceably in a place that you had a right to be. In order to prove these things, it’s important to take a few simple steps immediately after you are bitten.
1. Gather witness information
The first thing that you should do is document the names and addresses of potential witnesses. Even more important, you will need to gather information about the dog owner and the person or persons that had custody of the dog at the time of your attack.
2. Take photographs
A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to documenting your injuries. If your case goes to trial, pictures will show the jury the severity of your wounds immediately after the dog attack incident.
3. Seek medical treatment and documentation
After photographing your injuries, seek immediate medical treatment. Make copies of any and all documentation that your physician provides so that you have a written record of the costs and pain that you have suffered as a result of the dog bite.
4. Make a report with animal control
By submitting your own report with animal control, you ensure that the proper agencies will work towards identifying the owner of the dog that attacked you. Furthermore, these agencies will take the steps necessary to remove potentially dangerous dogs from the streets.
5. Contact a dog attack attorney
If you have been attacked by a dog, you will need to contact a dog bite attorney with the experience and expertise needed to seek compensation for medical and other costs that you have incurred. At Giffels Law, we have 22 years of legal experience and have received numerous awards for clients who were the victims of dog attacks. If you, or someone that you love, has been the victim of a brutal dog attack, contact us today to discuss your options.