Michigan Animal Injury, What You Need To Know

If you or someone you love has been injured by someone else’s animal, it is possible that irreparable damage has been done – either physical or psychological. This may be especially true when you’re loved one is a child. If you find yourself in such a situation, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you through the legal process. Only an attorney can let you know what the law is, and how it applies to your case.

Animals and Personal Injury

There are very few defenses available to the owners of dogs (and other domesticated animals like cats) when their pet injures other people. There are multiple causes of action in Michigan pertaining to these kinds of attacks, but two main defenses are available regardless of what theory one is suing upon. Where a victim of an attack is found to be a trespasser, or where the victim provoked the attack, a legitimate defense for the animal’s owner exists. Anything short of either of these scenarios is likely to end in recovery for the victim. These cases often turn on how badly the victim has been injured and placing a value on those injuries.

Undomesticated Animals and Personal Injury

It is clear that the law favors the victims of attacks made by traditional, domesticated animals when compared to their owner. It follows then that the owners and possessors of dangerous, undomesticated animals are held to an even greater standard of care (if that’s even possible). These owners are likely to be sued, should their animal injure another person, under theories of negligence and/or premises liability. There is no “dangerous animal” statute in Michigan which is comparable to its Dog Bite statute.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Michigan Today

If you have been injured in Michigan, you need to contact a reliable and competent attorney to find out whether you have a legitimate claim. Akiva Goldman & Associates has served Metro Detroit for over twenty-five years, and we are available all day, any day, of the week. Contact our office today for a free consultation, regardless of the “seriousness” of your injury. You can reach us at 586-268-2400.

Animal Injury Attorney Can Help

Animal injuries can be serious, and legitimate lawsuits are filed all the time because the owner of an animal didn’t do enough to protect other people. If you find yourself in this scenario, you need to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney to find out what the appropriate course of action is for you. Contact Akiva Goldman & Associates today at 586-268-2400.