If you’ve been injured by a dog in Fauquier County, you should know the laws and regulations concerning animal attacks– and your rights after such an event.
Under Virginia law, a person who owns a dog or otherwise has custody or control of the dog has certain legal duties, including:
- It is the duty of the owner of domestic animals to exercise ordinary care to prevent them from running at large beyond the boundaries of his own land. This requirement may turn on whether your county or city has a “leash law” ordinance. Check our website for a list of these cities and counties.
- If the owner of a dog sees or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been aware of the fact that his animal was about to attack or injure another person or their property, then the owner is under a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent it from doing so
- Dog owners are charged with knowledge of the general propensities of dogs and also of any particular propensities peculiar to the breed of dog that he knew or in the exercise of ordinary care should have known. Insofar as any such propensities were of a nature likely to cause injury, it is the duty of dog owners to exercise ordinary care to guard against them and to prevent injuries that were reasonably to be anticipated from any such propensities.
If you’ve been attacked by a dog in Fauquier County, 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 Fauquier County Animal Control at 540-422-8750.
- 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.
Compensation for Dog Bite Victims
Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- 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 are entitled to recover for the loss of earnings which you suffered from your injuries.
- 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 is entitled to recovery 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.
- Medical Expenses: Dangers include any sort of medical expenses that a victim has had to pay for at a hospital, clinic, or to a pharmacy.
- Wrongful Death of a Loved One: Fatal dog attacks don’t happen very often, but when they do occur, they’re always incredibly tragic. No one ever expects to lose a loved one in such a violent way. The Virginia wrongful death statute allows certain family members of the victim to file a claim on the behalf of the deceased.
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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