No matter the age or health of the individual involved, an animal attack can be a frightening experience. Often, families must deal with the devastating aftermath that might include torn ligaments, multiple lacerations, broken bones and infections. Unfortunately, a serious dog attack can result in the death of the victim.

Collected dog bite statistics highlight the fact that animal attacks can result in death – maybe more often than you actually realize.

The statistical information gathered contains many troubling data points, including:

  • Thirty-four dog bite-related fatalities occurred in the United States in 2015.
  • Pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 91 percent of the total recorded deaths in 2015.
  • Of the total 34, 14 of the victims were children ages 9-years and younger (41 percent) and 13 were adults ages 60-years and older (representing 65 percent of all adults).
  • Thirty-two percent of the fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred.

Animal attacks – whether by what is considered a dangerous breed or not – can have devastating results. The surviving victim might require reconstructive surgery to repair the physical damage caused in the attack. Additionally, victims might require extensive therapy to repair the psychological damage incurred. Long-standing physical and mental injuries pale in comparison to the loss of a loved one.

In Michigan, dog attacks fall under the legal category of premises liability. The state’s complex “strict liability” laws can be overwhelming for surviving family members who have had no previous exposure to these statutes. It is critical that you discuss the specifics of your situation with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can explain your legal options.

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