Dog Bite News & Info

A dog attack can be a devastating experience especially when the victim is a small child. Many dog bite victims face serious physical injuries, scars, and emotional trauma. Our Virginia dog bite lawyers represent victims of dog bites and their families throughout Virginia.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 800,000 Americans are seen by a medical professional for dog bites; 50% of those victims are children.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

  • Emotional trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Abrasions, lacerations, & punctures
  • Fractured Bones
  • Scars
  • Infections such as rabies
  • Death

Gathering Evidence for Your Dog Bite Case

If you or a loved one have been attacked, it is very important that you collect as much evidence as possible. This important evidence includes information on the dog owner, photos, eye witnesses and their statements, and the location of the attack. This proof is essential in obtaining the highest possible settlement in your dog bite case.

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Contact a Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer
If you, your child, or a family member suffered injuries in a dog bite attack, contact our office to setup a free, no obligation consultation. Call us toll free at 877-544-5323 to speak with a lawyer about your case, or click here to send a confidential email.

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Virginia Dog Bite LawyerDog bites run the risk of driving up or cancelling a homeowner’s liability insurance—here are some tips on how to avoid such a frustrating and costly situation.

An article in the Tidewater Traveler relays a story in which a postal worker was accidentally bitten by a family’s dog. The mail carrier was required to report the bite to the USPS, and the family later received a medical bill for the medical treatment the employee had undergone. The family’s homeowner insurance covered the costs, but the insurance company subsequently dropped the family from their plan, forcing them to find a newer, more expensive plan.

It’s hardly surprising that the insurance company reacted so negatively to the claim—most dog bite claims cost insurance companies or policy holders nearly $30,000. It is critically important to keep your dog contained, especially if it has a tendency to be aggressive or even overly playful.

The Traveler recommends that you take other steps, as well, such as making sure that your insurance policy covers dog bites. Learn the rules very well—some companies will have a “one-bite” rule in which they cover the first dog bite; after that, any future bites are yours to cover. As well, the magazine advises you to ensure that any dog bite is treated immediately with medical attention, and that you tell the victim to save all medical bills; you should also call your insurance company immediately to report the incident.

Dog bites are serious business—they can severely injure their victims, and many dog bites are fatal, as well. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation—no owner should be negligent in keeping their dog contained. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in handling dog bite cases, and my lawyers and I know how to fight for you.

 

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Around 1:15 p.m. on March 3, 2013, two children were viciously attacked by a pit bull on Corann Drive in King William County. According to WRIC, the children were playing outside when a pit bull from a nearby home chased and attacked them.

The 9 year-old boy was released from the hospital after being treated for injuries to the chest. The 8 year-old girl suffered sever injuries to the neck and her thumb which was bitten off.

The owner of the pit bull, Ollie M. Carroll Jr., is being charged with possession of a nuisance dog and for allowing a dog to run at large.

According to the TimeDispatch, a judge will decide where or not the dog will me euthanized or remain in the custody of the owner under strict control mandates.

 

Around 1:15 p.m. on March 3, 2013, two children were viciously attacked by a pit bull on Corann Drive in King William County. According to WRIC, the children were playing outside when a pit bull from a nearby home chased and attacked them.

The 9 year-old boy was released from the hospital after being treated for injuries to the chest. The 8 year-old girl suffered sever injuries to the neck and her thumb which was bitten off. The girl underwent surgery but is still in serious condition.

Virginia Laws Concerning Dog Bite Liability
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year 800,000 Americans are seen by a medical professional for dog bites. Half of those people are children. In addition, over 300,000 of those injured will need treatment from an emergency facility and around 16 of those will die.

UPDATE: Owner of Pit Bull that Attacked Two Children in King William Charged

At a yard sale in Newport News on Scottland Terrace in the Riverside area, a young child was bitten in the face by a dog. The bite occurred on Saturday. The child involved in the accident is four years old.

Animal Control has stated that the owner of the dog had two dogs on leashes at the yard sale. At the time of the bite, the owner was not holding on to the dog that bit the child. The owner of the dog claimed the dog was current on its rabies vaccinations and left.

At this time the owner and the dog have not been identified. The dog was described as being either an Australian Cattle Dog or a Blue Healer. If the dog is not identified the child will have to undergo rabies shots as a preventative measure. Newport News Animal Control is looking for any information regarding the bite.

Virginia Dog Bite Laws
In Virginia there are currently no laws or “leash laws” that regulate the responsibilities of a dog owner. Instead Virginia allows local jurisdictions to set their own regulations. These regulations could be “leash laws,” requirements to have their dogs under “immediate control,” or ordinances, which state that it is the duty of the owner to exercise reasonable care in order to prevent the dog from “running at large.”

Virginia does have statewide rules governing “dangerous” or “vicious” dogs. A “dangerous dog” is defined as a dog that has bitten, attacked, or injured a person, or has injured or killed another domestic animal. A “vicious dog” is defined as a dog ho has killed or seriously injured a person.

A dog attack can be a devastating experience especially when the victim is a small child. Many dog bite victims face serious physical injuries, scars, and emotional trauma. Our Virginia dog bite lawyers represent victims of dog bites and dog attacks throughout Virginia. If you’ve hurt by someone else’s dog, you have legal rights. Call or Email us to set up a free consultation with one of our Virginia Dog Bite Lawyers.