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Chesapeake, VA | Virginia Dog Bite & Attack Lawyer

[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” color=”vista-blue” active_section=”1″ no_fill=”true” collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-ambulance” add_icon=”true” title=”Things to Consider After an Attack” tab_id=”1521565314827-6271a67b-c936″][vc_column_text]Seek medical attention. You do not know whether or not the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a very serious virus. If the dog that bit you isn’t up-to-date on shots, it is likely you will have to go through a painful serious of rabies shots. Even if the animal is up-to-date, you are still at risk for infection if the wound is not treated properly. In addition, it is important that a medical professional documents your injuries.

Report the incident to the proper authorities as soon as possible. You should contact 911 and/or  Chesapeake Animal Services Unit (757-382-8080). It is important that the incident is documented by authorities and witness information is collected. The animal may also need to be quarantined and observed for rabies.

Take photos of your injuries as soon as possible, and continue to take photos during the healing process. Photos of your injuries can be very valuable evidence for your case.

Contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to help you get the best possible settlement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_type=”material” i_icon_material=”vc-material vc-material-attach_money” add_icon=”true” title=”Settlements & Compensation” tab_id=”1521565314858-fda31456-2dcc”][vc_column_text]Typical damages that dog bite victims may receive compensation for include:

Pain and suffering: This is the right to compensation for physical pain and suffering and mental anguish you have suffered and could possibly endure in the future.

Loss of Earnings: You may be entitled to recover for the loss of earnings which you suffered from your injuries. This includes wages, commissions, bonuses, and all other earnings and fringe benefits. If you are not able to work presently because you are recovering from your injuries, the loss of income should be made up.

Future Loss of Earnings: If your injuries have prevented you from your ability to earn income in the future, you can recover damages for the value of the reduction in earning capacity with reasonable probability which will occur in the future.

Disfigurement: If the injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks, the victim may be entitled to recover for the disfigurement. Because these injuries are often in very visible places, victims are often very self-conscious of their appearance.

Children are frequently bitten in the facial region and require plastic surgery later on in life. Depending on the age of the child at the time of the attack, many surgeons will not perform surgical revisions until the child reaches early adulthood. This means that many times, children will go through the embarrassment and humiliation of the scar through adolescence, a period in which they are very self- conscious of their appearance. This often impacts them both socially and emotionally.

Medical Expenses: Damages may include any sort of medical expenses that a victim has had to pay for at a hospital, clinic, or to a pharmacy. These include the cost of basic medical treatment, going to the emergency room, and any sort of surgical treatment or care needed to repair the damaged area of the body.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-clock-o” add_icon=”true” title=”Time Deadlines for Virginia Dog Bite Claims” tab_id=”1521566328840-3255604c-6388″][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-gavel” add_icon=”true” title=”City of Chesapeake Animal Laws” tab_id=”1521566374812-2d3af748-3668″][vc_column_text]The City of Chesapeake provides several passages regarding dog bites and dog attacks, including laws and how these situations are dealt with. Here are a few of them:

Dogs are required to stay in their own yard unless accompanied by an owner or another individual. Dogs and cats must be restrained by a collar and on a leash when not in their own yard.

If a dog attacks a human or another animal, it may be impounded until a court hearing. The courts may then deem the dog dangerous or vicious. (To read more about Virginia laws regarding dangerous dogs click here.)

Any dog that bites or scratches a human is required to be quarantined for a period of 10 days. Chesapeake Animal Control is responsible for overseeing this activity. An owner who fails to comply with this law can face criminal charges.

Chesapeake Animal Services Unit
2100 S Military Hwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
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The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC offer a No Fee Promise, which means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case. We will work on your behalf to get a fair settlement, and only charge legal fees if you receive a settlement or verdict.

We understand that the fees associated with a lawsuit can be a barrier to justice, and we believe that everyone should have a voice when it comes to asserting their rights. Corporations and insurance companies have tremendous resources, and our No Fee Promise levels the playing field.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=C0OFC6goAkw” align=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1520022942475{padding-right: -20px !important;}”][vc_tta_pageable no_fill_content_area=”1″ autoplay=”5″ active_section=”1″ pagination_color=”orange” css=”.vc_custom_1520025228556{background-color: #0056a8 !important;border-radius: 4px !important;}”][vc_tta_section title=”CASE RESULTS” tab_id=”1520022464398-537aa93f-700d”][vc_column_text]

CASE RESULTS

$134,000.000

5-year-old girl bitten on face,
lip, and mouth by neighbor’s Chow

Arlington, VA

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CASE RESULTS

$100,000.00

FedEx delivery driver sustained
major injuries to arm after being bitten
by a Chow while working

Wythe County, VA

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CASE RESULTS

$100,000.00

Postal worker sustained a serious knee
injury after being attacked by a
German Shepherd while working

Norfolk, VA

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CASE RESULTS

$100,000.00

FedEx delivery driver sustained
injuries to his arm after being bitten
by a Chow while working

Wythe County, VA

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CASE RESULTS

$100,00.00

7-year-old playing outside in front of her
house when a neighbor’s Rottweiler
dug a hole under the fence and attacked her

Winchester, VA

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CASE RESULTS

$80,000.00

Child was playing in neighbor’s yard
with other kids when neighbor’s dog
flew out of the house and attacked her.

Fauquier County, VA

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CASE RESULTS

$40,000.00

Client passing woman working
2 German Shepherds in a parking lot
when they suddenly attacked him

Fairfax, VA

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