Royal Oak, MI asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Michigan

Q: If i am the victim of an attack, and want the attacker to pay for damages, is the attacker entitled to itemized receipts

This was a dog attack. my dog sustained most of the injuries.

2 Lawyer Answers

A: In a court of law, you will have to prove each and every element of your case, which in this context means that any monies/reimbursement you are seeking needs to be proven to be related to the incident. If the attacker contends that what you have provided is insufficient (and a Court agrees) then you either need to provide more or a Court may not grant it. You may want to consult with a local injury attorney to discuss your concerns.

Brent T. Geers agrees with this answer

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: You will need to establish your damages, and usually that does involve itemized receipts. In your case, I would imagine the court needing vet bills to show how much the attack cost you; note that "pain and suffering" is not part of the equation. The court cannot order a speculative amount.

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