Can I sue my neighbor for a dog bite?

Yes, you can sue your neighbor for a dog bite.  Your can limit your request for damages to make sure that only the insurance company and not your neighbor pay the claim.

Can you sue for a minor dog bite?

Yes, you can sue for a dog bite as long as you have some damages.  A bite that breaks the skin is enough to file a claim and sue the owner of a dog.

Who pays for a dog bite?

Typically the owner of the dog has insurance.  The insurance company pays the claim.  If the claim exceeds the insurance policy, the owner can be liable.  Most victims accept the policy limits as compensation.

What infections can you get from a dog bite?

The potential for infection from a dog bite is extremely high. Dog bites inoculate bacteria deep into tissue, and while not as aggressive as cat bites, the majority of dog bites get infected. Common bacteria involved in such infections include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Pasteurella.

Can you get compensation for a dog bite?

Yes, Michigan has strict liability for dog bites.  you do not have to prove negligence by the owner.  You just have to prove that you were bitten and the bite was unprovoked.

What is the average settlement for a dog bite?

Dog bite settlements can very based in the extent of damages and liability.  a basic bite to the leg with little or no complications may settle for as little as 12,000 dollars.  a bite to the face of a child requiring plastic surgery and permeant scaring could be 300,000 dollars.

How long does it take for a dog bite settlement?

In Michigan, a dog bite claim can take as little as 6 weeks and as long as a year to resolve.  It depends on the complexity and extent of damages that are being claimed.

Should you report dog bites?

Yes, you should immediately call the police and animal control for your county if you or a loved one is bitten by dog.

What is the statute of limitations for a dog bite?

There is basically a 3 year statute of limitations for a dog bite.  You should contact a lawyer immediately if you or a loved one is bitten by an dog or other animal.

How much do insurance companies pay for dog bites?

Insurance companies try and pay as little as possible to resolve the claim.  Homeowners and renters insurance policies typically cover dog bite liability legal expenses, up to the liability limits (typically $100,000 to $300,000). They will cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  If the claim exceeds the limit, the dog owner is responsible for all damages above that amount.