MICHIGAN AND OHIO DOG BITE ATTORNEY.
Dogs can bite, and when they do, it is important to have a lawyer who can help you untangle the complicated process of filing a dog bite claim. At Ronald S. Weiss Attorney and Counselor, my father and I have decades of experience handling dog bite cases, and we are dedicated to helping you fight for the compensation you deserve. We work hard to maximize your recovery from the dog owner's insurance company.
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RONALD S. WEISS
After watching my father practice law for many years, I decided to follow in his footsteps and became an attorney. Today, I am passionate about representing personal injury victims and work personally with all of my clients. Dog attacks can be very traumatic experiences, and in many cases, victims face difficult owners and insurance companies. With years of experience on my side, I can help you level the playing field by going head to head with the dog owner's insurance company. I understand how overwhelming this process can be, so I strive to take the weight off your shoulders by making each step of the legal process as simple and straightforward as possible.
GERALD L. WEISS
I have been aggressively representing clients in Michigan for over 50 years. I am dedicated to helping my clients seek financial restitution for their physical and emotional damages following a dog bite. I know all too well the ways insurance companies can manipulate victims to avoid paying out claims. Don't fight this battle alone. It is my mission to help those who have been hurt by irresponsible parties. If you have been bitten by a dog, call me today. I will strongly advocate for you and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.
DOG BITES ARE COMMON,
AND AFFECT PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.
Dog bites are not one-off occurrences. Instead, hundreds of thousands of dog bites are reported each year. Survivors of dog bites may suffer severe scarring, nerve damage, and even disfigurement. Sadly, children are the most affected by dog bites and often are left with the most severe emotional and physical scars.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AS THE VICTIM OF A DOG BITE?
CALL ANIMAL CONTROL
If you have not already, call Animal Control and report the dog bite. The officers may ask questions about the incident, including details about the dog's breed, size, and name. If the owner was present at the time of the dog bite, inform Animal Control of any information about the owner, such as their name, physical description, and information about their vehicle including, a license plate number and vehicle make and model.
GO TO THE HOSPITAL
If you have been bitten by a dog, go to the hospital, especially if the bite pierced the skin or drew blood. Severe dog bites can cause nerve damage and disfigurement. Even minor bites should be evaluated by a doctor, due to the risk of infection and other complications such as rabies, which can be fatal. Dog bites should not be left untreated and require immediate medical attention.
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Often dog bites are a lot more than just physical pain. Dog bites can result in expensive medical bills for victims, along with emotional distress. If you have been bitten by a dog, it is crucial to get an attorney that can help you receive compensation, not only for your medical bills, but your pain and suffering as well. I have been advocating for dog bite victims for years, and I understand how to handle the insurance companies.
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DOG BITE FAQS
HOW MANY DOG BITES HAPPEN EACH YEAR?
Unfortunately, dog bites are more common than people think, and often occur as a result of improper handling of the animal. If the dog attacked because it was off-leash or not restrained properly, that is not your fault. According to the CDC, there are approximately 800,000 dog bites that require medical attention each year, and 50% of them happen to children.
DO I REALLY
NEED A LAWYER?
Yes. After a dog bite, you need someone on your side that knows how the insurance companies work and how to properly value your injuries. As the victim of a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. As your attorney, I can take focused legal action against the dog owner’s insurance company to help you receive the best possible outcome.
HOW CAN A DOG BITE FINANCIALLY IMPACT ME?
Dog bites are estimated to cost the U.S. healthcare system more than a billion dollars each year. Even minor abrasions to the skin can cost victims thousands in medical costs. Severe injuries can leave victims financially burdened by a mountain of medical expenses. I understand how to fight back against insurance companies and can help you get fair compensation for your injuries.
DOG BITE ATTORNEYS
SERVING MICHIGAN AND OHIO
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, it is critical that you have an attorney who understands the law and knows how to make it work in your favor. Both Ohio and Michigan have strict liability laws in the case of dog bites. Strict liability means that the owner of the animal involved in a dog bite is liable for the damages the victim sustained. However, Ohio and Michigan do have various exceptions. In Ohio, a dog owner can be found not liable in cases where the animal was teased, tormented, or abused. In Michigan, the owner can be found exempt from strict liability in cases where the animal was provoked. Both states dictate that anyone who fails to follow leash laws can be held fully liable. If you have been attacked by a dog in Michigan or Ohio, call our office today for a free consultation.