Michigan Dog Bites

Michigan Dog Bite Law

When it comes to dog bites, the State of Michigan has a strict liability rule. That means if someone is bitten by a dog, the dog owner is automatically liable with two exceptions:

  • The person who was bitten was trespassing
  • The person who was bitten aggressively provoked the dog

At Whiting Law, we help many victims of dog bites with injuries ranging from small, painful puncture wounds to amputations and in the most tragic cases, death. The extent of a victim’s injuries often depends on the type of dog, the victim’s ability to fend off the dog, if the attack involved more than one dog, and if any other people were present and able to help the victim.

Who Pays Dog Bite Settlements?

The dog owner’s home insurance pays any settlement resulting from Michigan dog bite cases. If there have been other incidents involving the dog or it is a breed considered to be more dangerous, it can cause an insurance carrier to drop coverage or raise the homeowner’s rates.

What If You Know the Dog that Bit You?

If the owner of the dog that bit you is a family member, friend, or neighbor, it can be uncomfortable to pursue legal action. It does not need to be this way. As mentioned above, rarely, if ever, does an individual pay a settlement in a dog bite case. It is the homeowner’s insurance policy that pays.

We understand it can be difficult, but if you or someone you care about has been injured by a dog, you deserve to be compensated, no matter what the relationship with the dog owner is. We will help you pursue your case in a way that compensates you fairly while preserving your relationship with the dog owner.

What to Do After a Dog Bite Injury

If you or a loved one have been injured or bitten by a dog, do not proceed alone. The dog owner’s insurance company is going to defend the homeowner in an attempt to avoid paying a settlement. Our attorneys have strong knowledge of Michigan dog bite law and will educate you and help you through the insurance process to get you the settlement you deserve.

Justice for a Young Victim

We recently resolved a case on behalf of a young child who was attacked and bitten in the face by the dog of a family friend. We won a settlement of $95,000 and structured the settlement so that in the future, it will help pay for college or the child’s first home.


If you or someone you love has been bitten and injured by a dog, you need someone on your side who will work to get you the fair and just compensation you are entitled to. Contact a Michigan dog bite attorney at Whiting Law today.