MICHIGAN DOG BITE FAQ
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO PURSUE A CLAIM FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A DOG BITE?
In Michigan, for adults, there is a three year statute of limitations. This means that you have 3 years from being bitten to resolve the claim or file a lawsuit. Minors have until one year after their 18th birthday to either resolve the claim or file a lawsuit.
SHOULD I MAKE A STATEMENT TO THE HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE COMPANY IF THEY CALL?
Although every case is different, you should likely not make a statement to any insurance representative without at least making a call to an attorney first. This would likely be the first contact that you have with the insurance company and it must be handled properly.
HOW MUCH ARE MY INJURIES WORTH?
Every case is different. There are several factors that go into establishing the value of the claim. As such, you should call our office as shortly after the attack as possible to make sure that the claim is properly handled from the beginning.
IS THERE ANY TYPE OF INSURANCE THAT WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MY INJURIES?
Generally, yes. If the dogs owner has a homeowners insurance policy or renters policy, those types of insurance would normally protect against the loss.
SHOULD I TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF MY INJURIES?
Yes. Even if you initially do not wish to pursue a claim, at least you will have documentation in the event that you later elect to proceed with a claim.
SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY A DOG?
If you or someone that you know was injured, you should immediately seek proper medical attention. Often injuries can be minimized by seeking the proper medical attention. It is important that you give a thorough history regarding the accident to your doctor.
CAN I BRING A CLAIM IF I WAS PETTING THE DOG BEFORE IT ATTACKED?
Generally, yes. As long as you did not tease, torment, abuse or provoke the dog, then you would possibly be entitled to damages.
WHAT IF THE DOG HAS NO HISTORY OF VICIOUSNESS?
It does not matter whether the dog has former vicious incidents. If you were bitten, and you were the first person ever bitten by the dog, you can still proceed with a claim.
DOES IT MATTER IF WHOSE PROPERTY I WAS ON?
No. As long as you are on either public property or legally on private property, the dog owner could be held responsible.
SHOULD I REPORT THE ATTACK?
Yes. As soon as possible, report the incident to the local animal control and/or police department or any other proper legal authority.