I came across an interesting item while combing the internet for legal news. I have not written much on the issue of dog bites, but a person can certainly suffer serious injuries when attacked by a dog. Such was the case on a private flight in 2006, from New York to Los Angeles, involving “Floyd”, a guard dog belonging to Jennifer Lopez and a female flight attendant. Flight attendant Lisa Wilson claims that the dog pounced on her, attacked her and bit her pant leg. She twisted, fell and injured her back so badly that she required surgery.
Dog bite attacks can, and often do, result in serious injuries or wounds. As to issues of liability, different states have different laws and dog attack victims should contact an experienced personal injury attorney in her/her own state (or the state where the incident occurred). If you need a referral to an attorney in your state, please call Lawsuit Financial, toll free, at 877-377-SUIT for a referral to a dog attack legal specialist. 18 states have a “one-bite rule” that protects a dog owner from liability for the first injury caused by the dog, unless an owner’s negligence or leash law violation caused the attack and injury. Under the rule, the owner is liable for all subsequent attacks. 32 other states and the District of Columbia have strict liability standards; even if the dog was, previously, never vicious in any way. Michigan, Lawsuit Financial‘s headquarters, is one example of a strict liability state; only provocation is a defense to liability. The Michigan statute holds the owner of a dog strictly liable for dog bites to a human being that were not provoked, provided that if the incident happened upon the dog owner’s property the victim was not a trespasser or there to do something unlawful or criminal.
The Michigan dog bite statute, an example of the law followed in 32 states and the District of Columbia, is found at Mich. Comp. Laws Ann., sec. 287.351. It states:
287.351 Person bitten by dog; liability of owner.
Sec. 1. (1) If a dog bites a person, without provocation while the person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner of the dog, the owner of the dog shall be liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
(2) A person is lawfully on the private property of the owner of the dog within the meaning of this act if the person is on the owner’s property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him or her by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or if the person is on the owner’s property as an invitee or licensee of the person lawfully in possession of the property unless said person has gained lawful entry upon the premises for the purpose of an unlawful or criminal act.
Dog attacks can result in serious and disabling injuries. It is alleged in the subject lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez that Wilson suffered injuries that required surgery and have prevented her from working for over two years. Lawsuit funding is a service that was created to assist people who, through no fault of their own, suffer disabling injuries and need financial assistance to pursue the lawsuit to a just conclusion. Lengthy periods of disability will often cause financial distress and may prompt a victim to resolve their case too early for too little. Legal funding from Lawsuit Financial will provide interim financial relief and prevent the desperate plaintiff from settling early and cheap. Well-placed litigation funding can enhance the value of your case. Call Lawsuit Financial, toll free, at 877-377-SUIT (7848) for a free analysis of your lawsuit financing situation. We provide Dog Bite legal funding as well as Auto Accident lawsuit funding, Premises Liability/Slip & Fall lawsuit funding, Medical Malpractice lawsuit funding, Product Liability litigation funding, Employment Discrimination or Termination legal finance, Maritime lawsuit financing, Work Place Injury lawsuit financing, Fire and Explosion legal finance, and all other general personal injury case law suit funding. Visit Lawsuit Financial on the web at www.lawsuitfinancial.com. We will do everything in our power to assist you with your case funding situation.