Under Michigan law, if a dog bites a person, the owner is responsible, even if the dog has never been mean or vicious, UNLESS the dog is in some way provoked. This law is of tremendous help to dog bite victims.
Generally, if the dog owner has homeowner's insurance, the homeowner's insurance company will be responsible for the claim.
If you are bitten by a dog, it is strongly recommended that you avoid any argument with the dog owner. Rather, an attorney should be contacted immediately. The attorney can arrange for photographs to document the seriousness of the injury. More importantly, an attorney can arrange to have an investigator get a formal statement from the dog owner before the dog owner's insurance company gets involved. It is extremely important you not give any statements to the dog owner or his/her insurance company unless you have an attorney present. If you need advice, please contact the law firm of Sarvis & Herrmann, P.C.
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