Dog Bite News & Info

We all know that dangerous dogs exist, and we know that dog attacks happen with startling regularity in the United States. But is there a way we can determine where the nearest dangerous dog lives?

Thankfully, Virginia has such a database. The Virginia Dangerous Dog Registry is a database that provides citizens with information relating to the nearest dangerous dog or dogs in their neighborhood. As the website explains, “the Dangerous Dog Registry provides a mechanism for consumers to determine if dangerous dogs reside in their neighborhoods and for local animal control officials to post information about dogs that have been declared dangerous by the local court.”

The website explains that, according to the Code of Virginia, a “dangerous dog” is one that has attacked or injured a human or companion dog or cat, or one that has killed a companion dog or cat. Any owner who is found to have a legally-defined “dangerous dog” is required to register the animal in the database within 45 days and affix a tag to the dog in order to make identification easier. The owners of the dangerous dog are also required to notify animal control officials if the dog gets loose, bites another person, or is sold.

This website is a valuable resource for anyone who is aware of the dangers that vicious animals can pose. We shouldn’t have to live in fear in our own neighborhoods, and we should be aware of any dangerous animals who may reside nearby.

Still, dog attacks can happen. If you’ve been bitten or attacked by an aggressive or dangerous dog due to an owner’s negligence, it’s not your fault—the owner, not you, should have to pay. You may need help, however, in prosecuting the irresponsible pet owner. My Virginia personal injury law firm handles dog bite cases as a specialty; we know how to fight for you in order to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally and morally entitled.

It’s vitally important to be aware of the laws and regulations governing dog bites and attacks. You can click here to read a list of frequently-asked questions (FAQs) regarding vicious dogs. 

With the busy holiday season bringing many packages to many houses, it’s important to remember now—as with any time of the year—that dog attacks pose a serious risk for those who deliver our mail.

A recent article in the Washingtonian highlights the dangers posed by vicious dogs whose owners do not take proper care to secure them from attacking others. Many mail carriers must undergo training to ensure that they are prepared for a dog attack whenever it may occur. Last year, the Postal Service recorded almost 6,000 separate dog attacks, and now every new mail carrier must attend “animal-safety workshops.”

We should all be aware of how our pets may harm others—as one Postal Service employee notes, dogs are in “protective mode” when on their family’s property. It’s especially important to be aware of the risks endured by mail carriers, who, unlike “normal” pedestrians, must actually come onto a family’s property in order to deliver a family’s mail.  Taking care to make sure your dog is properly secured is vital to reduce the number of dog bites and dog attacks on mail carriers and the public at large.

Let us all help to protect our friendly neighborhood mail carrier by taking measures to prevent dog attacks!

 

Virginia Dog Bite Lawyers

If you’ve suffered an injury due to a dog attack, it is a frightening experience. Pet owners have a responsibility to make sure their dogs do not harm others. My Virginia personal injury law firm specializes in handling dog bite cases; my team of attorneys and I know the laws governing dogs and dog attacks, and we know how to fight for you if you’re injured by a dog due to the owner’s negligence. If you’d like to learn more about your legal rights after a dog attack, give us a call.

We all know that dog bites can happen at any time of the year, but the holiday season presents a heightened risk of dog bites due to the large volume of package deliveries being made.

While dogs can bite their victims anyplace, delivery drivers face the added risk of going onto many peoples’ properties every day—and many of those are dog owners who do not properly secure their pets. Earlier this year it was reported that a United Postal Service worker was delivering a package when the recipient’s dog bit his neck. The mail carrier had to undergo treatment for his injuries, including multiple stitches and internal scans; he also had to work behind a desk for several weeks while he recovered.

The USPS and other package delivery companies (Fedex, UPS, etc) offer training and technology to ensure that their employees can avoid the harm of a dog bite; however, dog attacks often occur nonetheless. While training and computer applications can help reduce the incidences of dog bites, it remains a fact that the surest way to ensure dog bites do not occur is for the owners of pets to properly secure them in houses or fenced-in yards.

Getting bitten by a vicious dog is both injurious and traumatizing; it is incredibly terrifying to be attacked by an animal to which you’ve done nothing wrong and mean no harm. If you’ve been injured by a vicious or dangerous dog, you deserve compensation; you shouldn’t have to pay high medical bills and lose work hours due to the owner’s negligence. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in handling dog bite cases, and my team of attorneys and I know the laws and regulations that govern dogs and dog bites. If a dog has bitten you, you should consider speaking to an injury lawyer—you are entitled to redress, and you may need help in getting it.

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.

dog bite dog chart

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.

Click Here for More Information on Fairfax County Dog Bite Laws

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.

Contact us if you’d like to discuss your situation– Toll Free 877-544-5323