A dog bite can cause you to suffer severe injuries. Any dog can bite a victim if it feels scared, threatened, or if it is suffering from a neurological disorder. A dog could also bite a human victim if it feels its owner or home is threatened. Whenever a dog bite happens, injuries can occur.
If you are bitten by a dog, wash out the wound and cover it with a clean cloth as soon as possible. Seek medical attention for the bite in a timely manner and in the days between the bite and your appointment, apply an antibiotic ointment each time you change the wound’s cover.
Dogs have powerful jaws and sharp teeth. A dog bite can do far more than break the skin and make a victim bleed. Other injuries a dog bite can inflict include:
It is also possible for a victim to suffer long-term complications from a dog bite, such as scars where the dog’s teeth tore his or her flesh or hemorrhaging at the site if the victim does not receive prompt medical care. A wound left untreated can develop sepsis, a dangerous type of infection.
A dog bite victim can also suffer long-term mental health consequences from his or her injury. These include depression, anxiety, and a phobia of dogs.
In Michigan, dog owners are strictly liable for the damages their dogs inflict on victims. This means that regardless of whether a dog has shown aggressive tendencies or bitten before, its owner is liable for a victim’s damages.
However, dog owners are only liable for the injuries their dogs inflict under certain circumstances. In order to recover compensation for damages related to a dog bite, the victim must demonstrate the following:
Evidence you can use to support these points in your dog bite claim includes testimony from your doctor about your injury’s cause, photographs of the accident scene, and eyewitness testimonies of the incident.
The injuries you sustain through a dog bite can cause you to face steep financial damages. When this is the case, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. Contact our team of experienced dog bite lawyers at Nickola Law today to set up your free legal consultation with us, during which we can answer any questions you have and help you determine the most effective way to move forward with your claim.
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