Fairfax County Virginia Dog Bite and Attack Laws

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

 

Information Provided by Fairfax County regarding dangerous dogs:

  • Dogs are not allowed to roam free. However, their are some exceptions: 1) a dog under supervision while lawfully hunting, 2) engaged in obedience training, and 3) in a Fairfax County sanctioned off-leash or exercise area.
  • A dog may be deemed dangerous when it has: bitten, attacked, inflicted injury on a person or companion animal, or killed a companion animal.
  • A dog may be deemed vicious when it has:
    • killed a person,
    • inflicted serious injury to a person, including multiple bites, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health, or serious impairment of bodily function
    • continued to exhibit behavior that resulted in a previous finding by a court that it is a dangerous dog

 

What to do after a dog bite or attack:

1. 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.

2. Report the incident to Fairfax County Animal Control: 703-691-2131

3. Gather as much information as possible from witnesses about the dog and the incident.

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.

4. Contact a Virginia dog bite lawyer.

Typical damages that dog bite victims can receive compensation for may 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, medical expenses.

Do You Need A Lawyer for Your Dog Bite or Attack?

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There is no excuse for allowing your dog to roam freely and potentially injure someone, especially when that dog is known to be vicious or dangerous. My Virginia personal injury law firm specializes in dog bites and attacks. 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.

Our Virginia dog bite attorneys operate under a no fee promise. This means that you are not responsible for any legal fees unless we win or settle your case. Contact us to learn more about your legal rights 877-544-5323

 

 

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