In Michigan, the Dog Bite Statute provides that if a dog bites a person and the dog was not provoked, the owner of the dog is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten. It does not matter if the dog had a reputation for being vicious, and it does not matter if the owner did not know the dog was vicious. Dogs are not allowed one free bite. If the dog was not provoked, the conduct of the victim does not matter. This applies in situations where a child begins to play with the dog or comes into contact with the dog by approaching the animal.
Many cases have been decided that favor the victim of a dog bite. Injuries can be serious and permanent. The case should be analyzed by an attorney with regard to the circumstances of the bite, the extent of the injuries, and the insurance that pays for all damages including medical bills.
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