If you’ve been injured by a dog in Isle of Wight County, you should know the laws and regulations concerning animal attacks—and your rights after such an event.
To help protect residents and visitors against dangerous animal attacks, the county has put several regulations in place:
- Dogs are not allowed to run at large in the county, unless they are in a district zoned as a Rural Agricultural Conservation (Sec. 3-18).
- A “dangerous dog” is defined as one that has bitten, attacked, or injured another person or animal. If a dog is classified as dangerous, as a result of an attack, the owner is required to notify the local animal control authority (Sec. 3-23).
If you’ve been attacked by a dog in Isle of Wight County:
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 by calling the Isle of Wight County’s Animal Services Division at (757) 365-6318.
3. Gather as much information as possible from witnesses about the dog and the incident.
4. 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.
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
- Medical Expenses
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Our attorneys are available to assist all Isle of Wight County residents including: Smithfield, Windsor, Battery Park, Benns Church, Burwell’s Bay, Carrollton, Carrsville, Central Hill, Indika, Isle of Wight, Lawson, Mogart’s Beach, Raynor, Rescue, Rushmere, Stott, Walters, Wills Corner, and Zuni.
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. Negligent dog ownership has no excuses—if your dog is a threat to others, you must ensure that it has no chance to harm anyone.
My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in dog bite 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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