Other Ways to Establish Liability Following a Dog Attack
While the dog bite statute is an effective way of seeking damages following a dog bite, it is important to remember old common-law liability theories still apply in Michigan. For instance, if the dog owner knows his or her dog is vicious, prone to attacks, and/or fails to restrain the dog sufficiently, he or she may be liable for injuries caused by the dog.
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Although sometimes difficult, the dog owner usually can be identified by licensing and vaccination records, as well as the testimony of witnesses. In most cases, the second element can be established with photographs, medical records, witness statements, or other evidence that the dog caused substantial physical harm.
Under Michigan law, a dog’s “good behavior” before an attack does not shield the dog owner from responsibility.
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