Charlottesville Dog Bite & Attack Laws | Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer

If you’ve been injured by a dog in Charlottesville, you should know the laws and regulations concerning animal attacks– and  your rights after such an event.

Running at large – it is unlawful for the owner of any dog to allow their dog to run at large, at any time, withing the city, even though the dog is both lawfully licensed and vaccinated.

Leash laws – leashes are required for dogs in the city, except for designated off-leash areas.

Dangerous dogs – a dog shall be deemed dangerous if it has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury on a person or companion animal. The owner of any animal found by the court to be dangerous must obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate from the animal control officer.

Vicious dogs – a dog shall be deemed vicious if it has killed a person, inflicted serious injury to a person, including multiple bites, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious impairment of a bodily function, or continued to exhibit the behavior which resulted in a previous finding by the court as a dangerous dog.

If you’ve been attacked by a dog in Charlottesville, Virginia:

  • 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 by calling the Charlottesville Anmial Control at 434-977-9041.
  • Gather as much information as possible from witnesses about the dog and the incident.
  • Contact a Virginia dog bite lawyer.

An animal that has bitten someone must be quarantined for a ten-day period at least. The victim should attempt to identify the animal so that authorities can act accordingly.

Dog bite victims can receive compensation for:

  • 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
  • Medical Expenses
  • Wrongful Death


Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer

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 bit 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.

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