On March 5, 2009, Duane E. VanLanHam and neighbor, Bridgetta Hadley, both of Buena Vista Township, were viciously attacked by three unrestrained pit bull terriers. It is reported that Ms. Hadley was attacked as she left her house to go to work, the
dogs pouncing on her before she could get to her car. Mr. VanLanHam heard her screams, saw the attack and immediately ran to her aid, grabbing a stick on the way. Mr. VanLanHam was able to get the
dogs off of Ms. Hadley and get her to the safety of a car. Unfortunately, the
vicious dogs turned on him, biting Mr. VanLanHam repeatedly and even pulling him off the hood of a car when he tried to climb onto the car to escape the
Both dog bite victims suffered serious and permanent injuries. Ms. Hadley is reported to have been hospitalized for 4 days with
bites to both legs and arms with permanent nerve damage to one of her arms. Mr. VanLanHam reportedly spent more than 6 months in the hospital enduring surgery, infection and the loss of numerous fingers and toes. Prosecutors charged the
owners of the dogs, Anthony D. Hunt and Shamorrow S. Amos with six counts of possessing
dangerous animals causing serious injury. The trial is scheduled to begin May 6th.
Michigan is a strict liability state in regards to dog bites, meaning a
dog is not allowed "one free bite" as in some other states. No matter whether the
dog has shown aggressive behavior in the past or if it has already bitten someone before, the
dog owner may be held liable for the victim's injuries.
If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, you may be able to work with an attorney to file a claim against the owner to recover financial compensation for your injuries. At
Freedman & Freedman, your initial consultation is free. We can meet with you in person, over the phone or can even travel to your home or to the hospital in order to discuss your case and what we can do for you. Contact a Detroit dog bite lawyer at
Freedman & Freedman today to talk about your claim and how you can bring the dog owner to justice.