Dog Bite News & Info

In 2013, over 83 million dogs were pets in the United States, with 47% of U.S. households owning one. This number continues to climb, with over 25 million more dogs owned since 2005.

There were more than 4.7 million people bitten by dogs, and there were approximately 800,000 injuries that required medical treatment. Children 14 years old or younger accounted for 42% (154,625) of dog bites.

The most common area for a dog bite occurred on the arm/hand, with 45.3% of the bites occurring in that region of the body. Children four years old or younger were attacked 64.9% of the time in the head/neck region.

In the eight year period from 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 Americans and accounted for 60% of the total recorded deaths (251). Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 73% of these deaths.

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Chart Courtesy of: DogsBite.org

 

According to the Washington Post, their were multiple dog bite in Fairfax County in November.

  • Dog bites woman’s hand in a park. The dog was being walked in a park when it bit a woman on the hand. The dog bite happened on November 16, 2013 at the 8100 block of Braddock Road.
  • Bulldog bites woman on the nose.  A bulldog being walked bit a pedestrian on the nose. The dog bite happened at the 11900 block of Market Street on November 17, 2013.
  • Child bitten by a boxer-bulldog dog. The dog bit the child on the lip as he walked on a trial with his parent. The dog bite happened at Birdfoot Lane and Lawyers Road on November 9, 2013.

Advice from a Virginia dog bite lawyer
–If you’ve been attacked by a dog in Fairfax County:

  • 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.
  • Report the incident to Fairfax County Animal Control: 703-385-7924
  • Gather as much information as possible from witnesses about the dog and the incident.
  • Contact a Virginia dog bite lawyer.

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Virginia Dog Bite Lawyers

If you’ve been injured from a dog bite attack, you should be aware of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to due to your injuries.

Typical damages that dog bite victims can receive compensation for include: pain and suffering, loss of earnings while unable to work, future loss of earnings if you cannot return to work, disfigurement – If the injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks, and medical expenses.

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A number of aggressive dogs are harassing and threatening neighbors in Roanoke, Virginia, the Roanoke Times reports.

The dangerous animals have been known to escape their owner’s yard and terrorize residents before, according to the report. The dogs have attacked other dogs before, but they recently became aggressive towards a woman who was allegedly attempting to protect her dog while on a walk. As a result, local authorities—who have been aware of the dogs’ running about in the past—took the dogs away from their owner and charged him with “two counts of having a dog at large, two counts of animal nuisance and two counts of having a dangerous, vicious dog,” the last of which is a civil violation.

Unfortunately, police are often limited in what action they can take against such animals—in order to quarantine the dogs, officers or animal control officials have to wait until the dogs actually bite someone. A “dangerous dog,” under Virginia law, is one who has bitten a human or kills a companion animal; after a dog has been deemed vicious and if it attacks again, it is deemed “vicious,” and subsequently put down.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been over sixty reports of a dog biting or attacking a human in Roanoke County; in Roanoke City, there have been 136 such reports.

Dangerous dogs are a public nuisance and a threat to anyone’s safety; it is incredibly important that the owner of such animals ensure that his or her pets are not allowed to roam freely, jump their fences or harm anyone. If you’ve been attacked by such an animal, I know how terrifying the experience is, and how much injury it can inflict. It’s important to be aware of your rights in such an event. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm has extensive experience handling dog bite cases, and my team of attorneys and I know how to fight for you if you’ve been injured by a dog due to an owner’s negligence. A dog bite is a serious injury; you deserve compensation for your medical bills, your lost wages, and the trauma such an event can inflict.

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A vicious dog attack sent a man to the hospital and forced police to shoot two canines in Richmond, Virginia, the Times-Dispatch reports.

The attack occurred in South Richmond, Virginia, at Midlothian Turnpike and Erich Road; a man was pinned up against the wall of the Richmond Outreach Center while being attacked by two dogs, having already sustained numerous bites. The police officers were able to get the man to safety, while the dogs ran to a nearby apartment complex. After police led other bystanders to safety and called Animal Control, they attempted to distract the dogs from running to a nearby school bus stop. When one dog reportedly acted aggressively towards an officer, he shot and killed it with a shotgun.

The dog bite victim was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries. At the time of this posting, it is unclear who, if anyone, owns the vicious dogs.

The police acted bravely and appropriately in this dangerous situation. While nobody wants to have to harm or kill an animal, sometimes circumstances demand it, particularly when there are innocent bystanders nearby who can potentially be harmed by the animals. We don’t know yet who the dangerous animals belong to, but in the meantime, I sincerely hope that the man who suffered injuries from these dogs is recovering.

 

Virginia Dog Bite Attorneys

Getting bitten by a vicious, dangerous dog is terrifying and sometimes even fatal. Nobody should have to be attacked by an aggressive canine; owners have a responsibility to ensure their dogs are contained or tied up, especially if they’re known to bite or show aggression. If you’ve been injured by such an animal, you should consider speaking to a personal injury lawyer. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in handling dog bite cases, and we know how to fight for you against negligent owners who should have been minding their pets instead of letting them roam freely.

For further reading, you can follow this link to read about typical damages that dog bite victims can receive compensation for. 

 

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Virginia Dog Bite LawyerClaiming the practice creates dangerous, aggressive habits in dogs, Arlington County, Virginia, has placed new restrictions on dog tethering, according to WAMU.

The new regulations claim that leaving one’s dog tied up for extended periods of time is not good for the pet’s well-being; furthermore, the practice allegedly creates aggressive tendencies in dogs. Arlington County now prohibits tethering dogs for longer than three hours at a time; additionally, the county mandates that dogs cannot be tied to “trolley” or running cable systems for more than twelve hours in a twenty-four-hour period. Failure to obey this new law will result in a misdemeanor and a $100 fine.

Dog bites can be incredibly injurious and sometimes even fatal—it depends on the aggressiveness and the breed of the dog. It remains to be seen whether or not Arlington County’s new regulations will lessen the amount of dog bites that take place there; in any event, it is a good sign that the county is taking steps to prevent animal attacks. We know that dogs who are chained or tied up too long can develop aggressive tendencies and are more likely to bite, so this could be an excellent solution.

 

Virginia Dog Attack Attorney

If you’ve been injured by a dog bite or a dog attack, I know how scary it is—a vicious animal is a terrifying thing to encounter, especially if it attacks you. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in handling dog bite cases, and we know how to argue against the negligent and irresponsible owners who allow aggressive dogs to injure other people. If you’ve suffered injuries due to an attacking pet, you deserve compensation—nobody should have to undergo such a terrible experience.

For further reading, you can click here to download and read a free book I authored that explains the laws and regulations surrounding dog bites and how to bring a case against the owner of the vicious pet.

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