Bitten By Dog in Ann Arbor

If you or a family member have been bitten by a dog in Ann Arbor and suffer injuries, you do have legal rights.  Serious dog bite injuries can include, but not limited to, pain and suffering, disfigurement resulting from scars, infection, bone fracture injury, rabies, nerve damage, as well as psychological damage, In fact, the most common type of dog bite injury to children is being bitten in the face by a dog. These injuries can be quite serious and very traumatic for the child bitten. Victims who suffer injuries from dog attacks may have means for a dog bite lawsuit against the dog owner.

In Ann Arbor, there are laws that apply to dog owners. These can be found in the Ann Arbor City Ordinances. Specifically, the violations are as follows (not all are included):

Sec. 9:47. Violations

The owner of any dog or other animal shall be guilty of a violation of the chapter if:

  • The dog is at any time not under reasonable control.
  • The animal is vicious.
  • The animal has symptoms of rabies or has bitten or been bitten by another animal.
  • Showing symptoms of rabies and the owner fails to notify an Animal Control Officer of that fact.
  • The owner fails to omply with all the terms of a confinement order.
  • A dangerous dog, whenkept out of doors, is not in a pen or kennel sufficient to restrain the dog, and
    is surrounded by a perimeter fence not sharing common fencing with the pen or
  • The animal, other than a og, is dangerous and is not kept indoors

It is the dog owner’s responsibility to ensure that his or her dog complies with these ordinances and does not violate them. If you have been bitten by dog in Ann Arbor, if possible, try to gather as much evidence as you can once you or the dog bite victim has received appropriate medical attention. Useful evidence can include:

  • The names of the dog and dog owner
  • The dog owner’s address
  • Addresses and names of people who witnessed the attack
  • Photos and descriptions of the place where the attack occurred
  • Medical evaluation of the wound by the treating physician

If you would like more information about your legal rights after a dog bite injury or attack, you can order our FREE book, “The Ultimate Michigan Dog Bite and Animal Attack Handbook” by Michigan dog bite attorney Lawrence J. Buckfire. The book explains the laws on Michigan bites and animal attacks, your legal rights after a bite, and how to get the best money settlement for you injuries.

It is important that you contact an Ann Arbor dog bite lawyer as soon as possible after the attack to give you the best chance of winning the highest settlement for your case. To learn more about our award winning dog bite lawyers and how we can help you, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 or simply submit this contact form and we will get back to you shortly.

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