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A Grand Rapids Attorney Representing Victims Of Serious Dog Bites

Examples of dog bite cases include attacks by dogs that have jumped the fence from their owners’ yards and proceeded to hurt nearby children. Did this happen to your child? Get medical and legal advice right away for the sake of your child’s long-term recovery.

A legal principle known as strict liability applies to dog bites in Michigan. This means that if you or your child were bitten, you do not have to prove that the dog’s owner did something wrong to pursue compensation. Regardless of whether the dog is licensed and/or has been provoked by a child who was then bitten, the dog’s owner is responsible for compensating the injured person.

An experienced personal injury attorney can help you tap into any available sources of compensation, such as the homeowners’ insurance of a dog’s owner or the property owner when a dog bite injury happens in a public place. When you work with my firm, Brandon Gardner & Associates, you have prompt access to a knowledgeable litigator who will fight for your right to full compensation as necessary.

How Seriously Did The Dog Bite Injure You Or Your Child?

Dog bite cases may be minor or life-threatening, with a full range of possibilities in between. Even after a seemingly minor dog bite, it is important to get medical advice. Besides physical damage, a dog bite may also result in psychological trauma that can become more serious with time. A medical evaluation, as well as legal advice, can be essential for your long-term recovery after a dog bite.

If the dog’s teeth did not break the skin but caused bruising, a doctor should nonetheless examine the arm or leg and give recommendations about follow-up treatments and/or monitoring. But if the dog’s teeth broke the skin, immediate aggressive treatments such as those below may be necessary.

  • Stitches
  • Surgery
  • Administration of strong antibiotics

Children may require future plastic surgery to mitigate scarring at later stages of their development. Scars to the face or forearms may be cause for litigation to recover compensation for resulting social stigma and/or loss of future earnings. Both children and adults may require counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Get Legal Advice After An Animal Attack

The sooner you have an attorney on your side after an accidental injury such as a dog mauling, attack or bite, the more options you may have for recovery of the financial compensation you will need for medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

I am dedicated to the well-being of my Grand Rapids community. Dog bite cases sometimes lead to greater awareness of dangers and better containment of dogs at large. To schedule a free consultation with me at Brandon Gardner & Associates, call 616-366-9045 or send an email inquiry.