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By Neil Davis

When a dog bites someone, severe physical and emotional trauma can result, often leading to costly medical bills, lost wages, and a lengthy recovery process. Davis Law Center is a personal injury law firm that understands the complexities of dog bite cases in Michigan and is committed to helping victims seek the compensation they deserve.

Michigan’s Dog Bite Statute

Michigan has a specific law addressing dog bite liability. This law dictates that a dog owner is responsible for whatever injuries their dog causes, regardless of the animal’s previous behavior or the owner’s knowledge of its viciousness.

To recover compensation under the dog bite statute, the victim must prove:

  • The defendant owned the dog.
  • The dog bit the victim.
  • When the bite occurred, the victim was on a property where they were legally allowed
  • The victim did not provoke the dog.

Strict Liability

Michigan’s dog bite law imposes strict liability on dog owners. This means that an owner is responsible for the injuries inflicted by their dog even if they had no prior knowledge of the dog’s viciousness or if the dog had never bitten anyone before.

Lawful Presence

To be eligible for compensation under the dog bite statute, the victim must have been legally on the property where the bite occurred, either public property or private property by invitation. This means that if the victim was committing a crime or trespassing at the time of the bite, they may not be able to recover damages.


If the dog was provoked, the owner might not be held liable for the resulting injuries. Provocation can include actions such as teasing, abusing, or tormenting the animal.

Negligence Claims

Sometimes, a dog bite victim may also have a claim based on negligence. For a negligence claim to succeed, the victim must prove:

  • The dog’s owner owed a duty of care to the victim.
  • The owner breached that duty of care.
  • The breach caused the victim’s injuries.
  • The victim suffered damages as a result.

Examples of negligence in dog bite cases may include:

  • Failing to train or socialize the dog properly.
  • Allowing the dog to roam freely without a leash. MCL 287.262
  • Failing to warn others of a dog’s aggressive tendencies.

Damages in Dog Bite Cases

People who are bitten by dogs in Michigan may be entitled to various types of compensation, including money for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Emotional distress

What to Do After a Dog Bite

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in Michigan, follow these steps:

  • Obtain medical attention immediately, even if the bite seems minor.
  • Report the incident to animal control or the local police department.
  • Gather information about the dog and its owner, including names, addresses, and contact details.
  • Take videos or pictures of your injuries and document your medical treatment.
  • Contact a skilled dog bite attorney to discuss your legal options.

How Davis Law Center Can Help After a Dog Bite

At Davis Law Center, our compassionate and knowledgeable dog bite attorneys have extensive experience with these types of cases throughout Michigan. We know the physical, emotional, and financial toll a dog attack can have on victims and their families. We are dedicated to fighting for the compensation our clients deserve.

When you work with our firm, you can expect:

  • A free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions.
  • Thorough investigation and evidence gathering to build a strong claim on your behalf.
  • Skilled negotiation with insurance companies to seek a fair settlement.
  • Aggressive representation in court if a trial is necessary.
  • Compassionate support and guidance throughout the legal process.

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury in Michigan, don’t hesitate to contact Davis Law Center. Let our firm protect your rights, advocate for your interests, and help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

Davis Law Center: your trusted partner for personal injury accident cases. Serving Detroit, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Macon County, Wayne County, Oakland County, and all of Michigan.

About the Author
Neil Davis, owner of Davis Law Center, is a seasoned attorney specializing in personal injury cases. With over 30 years of experience, he has successfully secured millions in compensation for injured individuals. Neil is a dedicated advocate for justice and an active member of legal associations. Personal injury law is complex and best handled by a competent attorney who can effectively evaluate, prepare, present, and fight to win your case. Neil prides himself on doing all these things for his clients and would be honored to have the opportunity to discuss your case with you.