There are two types of claims that arise from a dog bite or attack under Michigan law. The first claim is for workers compensation benefits, where the injured worker will receive wage loss benefits during the period of disability from the attack.
Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
The Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. dog bite injury lawyers came across a recent report done by Consumers Energy on the number of dog attacks on meter readers and utility workers. According to this recent report, numbers of attacks and injuries from dog bites have increased severely.
Since the start of this year, there have already been a total of fourteen dog bite attacks and injuries reported. Five of those fourteen attacks reported resulted in the utility worker suffering serious injury. In fact one Consumers Energy utility worker that was recently attacked by a dog is hospitalized after receiving stitches on his face and neck.
Fourteen may seem like a small number, but compared to 2011, fourteen is a great increase, as there were only three dog bite injuries reported. In addition, the count could go up even more as there are still a little less than four months left before the end of the year.
To better protect employees at Consumers Energy, Consumers Energy is asking customers to make sure their pets are leashed or confined away from natural gas and electric meters. If it is believed that an unrestrained dog is in the yard, and employee will not enter the yard.
Daniel Buckfire, Partner and Attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. would like all utility workers to know that if they suffer injuries due to a dog bite or is attacked by a dog or animal while at a person’s home in Michigan, they do have legal rights. “There are two types of claims that arise from a dog bite or attack under Michigan Law. The first claim is for workers compensation benefits, where the injured worker will receive wage loss benefits during the period of disability from the attack, and also receive medical expense benefits for all treatment related to the injuries. The second claim is against the dog owner or animal owner for pain and suffering damages resulting from injuries in the animal bite or attack,” says Buckfire.
To obtain the meter reader schedule for your home, call (800) 477-5050 and register for an eServices profile. Knowing the scheduled dates when a meter reader is visiting will allow you to take appropriate actions with your pets to prevent serious injury or attack on the utility worker.
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