Alexandria Dog Bite & Attack Laws | Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer

5 Things to Know About Virginia Dog Bite Cases

  1. 1. What to do After an Attack
  2. 2. Compensation & Settlements
  3. 3. Important Time Deadlines
  4. 4. Contact an Experienced Lawyer
  5. 5. Alexandria Dog Bite Laws

If you’ve been attacked by a dog in Alexandria:

  • Seek medical attention immediately. You do not know whether or not the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. Even if they have, you are still at risk for infection. It is also important that your injuries are documented by a medical professional.
  • Report the incident by calling the police or the Fairfax County Animal Control at 703-691-2131. It is important that the incident is reported to the proper authorities. The dog will need to be quarantined and observed for rabies.
  • Take photos of your injuries as soon as you can and continue to document the healing process. This will be very important evidence in your case.
  • Contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer who will fight to get you the best possible settlement.

Settlements & Compensation

  • Pain and suffering. Physical pain can fade, but the emotional turmoil of a dog attack can linger for years. This is especially true with children that are bitten.
  • Loss of earnings while unable to work. Even minor injuries can put a victim out of work for days, weeks or even months. Those absences will inevitably take a toll on a person’s income stream. We can help fight for the wages you lose out on because of your injury.
  • Disfigurement. If the injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks, it could mean years of plastic surgery or therapy to treat the emotional issues that come with the disfigurement. This is especially true when a child is attacked.
  • Medical bills. When you’re injured through no fault of your own, you shouldn’t be expected to pay for the medical costs accrued during treatment.
  • Death of a loved one.  No one ever expects to lose a loved one in such a violent way. The Virginia wrongful death statute allows certain family members of the victim to file a claim on the behalf of the deceased.

Time Deadlines for Virginia Dog Bite Claims

In Virginia, there are strict deadlines for filing a lawsuit. In many cases, Virginia provides a two-year deadline also known as a Statute of Limitations. However, sometimes special circumstances apply and can alter that deadline.  It is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible after the accident to protect your rights.

Contact a Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer – No Fees Unless we Win

Owners have a strict responsibility to keep their dogs safely contained, and that responsibility is all-the-more important if the dog is found to be dangerous or vicious. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in dog bite and dog attack cases. My lawyers and I know the rules, the regulations, and the laws surrounding dogs and dog attacks, and we know how to fight for you in order to win you the legal redress to which you are entitled. Nobody should have to suffer because a dog owner should have known better.

Our Virginia dog bite attorneys operate under a no free promise: this means that you are not responsible for any legal fees unless we win or settle your case. Contact us to

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Bitten or attacked by someone else’s dog in Alexandria? Then you should know the laws after such an event.


  • Run or running at large – no dog shall run at large within the city at any time. Running at large is also prohibited in public parks or play grounds.
  • Dangerous dogs – any dog that has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury on a person shall be deemed dangerous. If a dog is deemed dangerous by the courts, the dog must be registered as a dangerous dog. For more information visit the dangerous dogs registry of Virginia.
  • Vicious dogs – any dog that has killed a person; inflicted serious injury to a person including multiple bites, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health, or serious impairments of a bodily function.