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Michigan utility workers threatened by dog bites

Here in Michigan, there exists a strict liability for dog owners. This means that dog owners are responsible for providing a safe environment for anyone who might come into contact with their dogs. When a dog does bite someone, the owner of that dog may be held accountable financially for that person's medical expenses, lost wages and other costs related to the attack.

According to a news report in the Detroit Free Press, many employees of Consumers Energy have suffered dog attacks as of late. In fact, in the past two weeks alone, six utility workers have been attacked by dogs when out in the field.

Michigan residents may remember that back in April the utility issued a plea to the public asking people to keep their dogs under control around its workers. Specifically, Consumers Energy has asked that dog owners keep their dogs leashed as well as confined away from electric meters and natural gas meters.

In all of last year, only three Consumers Energy workers were injured by dog attacks. This year, five employees have already suffered injuries.

Because these workers were injured in the course of employment, while on-the-clock, their cases may involve workers' compensation concerns in addition to personal injury dog bite issues.

When someone is injured by a dog bite or attack, whether at work or not, he or she is often wise to seek legal counsel. In the aftermath of a dog bite, a person may need not only medical care, but also possibly reconstructive surgery, physical therapy and time away from work. It is important that compensation is made available for these costs, as well as that the dog owner is held accountable.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Consumers Energy still seeing dog bite problems," Aug. 31, 2012

  • Our firm handles both dog bite and workers' compensation cases. To learn more about our personal injury practice, please visit our Michigan Dog Bite Injury page.

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