Neighbors do not have to worry about the other neighbor paying a settlement out of their own pockets and insurance rates usually do not increase after the settlement for the Michigan dog bite lawsuit is paid.
Southfield, Michigan (PRWEB) November 05, 2012
The dog bite injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. wins jury verdict in a Michigan dog bite lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a child who was attacked and bitten in the face by a neighbor’s dog when he was three years old in Cass County, Michigan (2011-926-NO). The boy was delivering Christmas cookies to his neighbor’s home at the time of the attack.
The Michigan dog bite lawsuit was filed in the Cass County Circuit Court presented in front of Judge Michael Dodge. The suit sought damages for the boy, now age 10, for his past damages and future damages. Past damages included pain and suffering and his disfigurement for the seven preceding years. According to court documents, the boy suffered a significant scar on his face due to the dog attack, and due to the scar was taken to a plastic surgeon in Chicago for future treatment.
For future damages, additional claims were made for the disfigurement that the victim would have for the rest of his life. In addition, claims were made for in excess of $10,000.00 for the future expense of plastic surgery to revise the scar.
The Michigan dog bite attorneys of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims of dog bites and attacks. Many of times, these bites occur to the face and the results can be devastating, often causing permanent disfiguring scars. In addition, dog bites to the face can also cause injuries to the nerves of the face.
A person, child or adult, bitten by a neighbor’s dog does have legal rights in Michigan. Under Michigan law, the person who owns, keeps, or harbors the dog responsible for a dog bite or attack, regardless of prior knowledge (called, “strict liability” laws) of the viciousness of the animal. In these cases, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company usually pays the settlement to the dog bite victim.
“Neighbors do not have to worry about the other neighbor paying a settlement out of their own pockets and insurance rates usually do not increase after this type of settlement is paid. Therefore, if both neighbors act in a civil manner after the attack they can still maintain their relationship after the victim is fairly compensated for the dog bite injuries,” says Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Partner and Trial Attorney, Daniel Buckfire.
The jury awarded a total of $90,000.00 to the injured dog bite victim. This included the expense for the future plastic surgery procedures. The homeowner’s insurance company for the dog owner offered $50,000.00 to settle the case before the trial, but this was rejected by the dog bite injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., as they felt it was too low to compensate the boy for his serious injuries. The Michigan dog bite lawsuit went to court and the jury awarded the injured client $40,000.00 higher than the insurance company settlement offer.
About Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
The Michigan dogs bite lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. have obtained significant settlements for their clients in dog bite injury and attack cases. They have earned the highest possible rating in the legal profession for ability and integrity by the top Internet lawyer rating service and have significant experience handling these types of cases throughout the State of Michigan.
For more information about the award winning law firm, visit the law firm website at http://www.BuckfireLaw.com or call toll-free at (800) 606-1717 to speak with an experienced dog bite injury attorney in Michigan.