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5 Things to Know About Virginia Dog Bite Cases

  1. 1. Things to do After a Dog Attack
  2. 2. Settlements & Compensation
  3. 3. Important Time Deadlines
  4. 4. Contact a dog bite lawyer
  5. 5. Norfolk Dog Bite Laws

Things to do After a Dog Attack

  • 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. As well, it is important that your injuries are documented by a medical professional should you decide to pursue a lawsuit.
  • Report the incident by calling the the police or the Norfolk Animal Protection Unit at 757-664-7387. It is very important that the incident is documented by authorities. In addition, the dog will need to be quarantined to monitor for rabies.
  • Take photos of your injuries. Be sure to take photos of your injuries right after the attack, and continue to take photos through the healing process. This will be important evidence for your case.
  • Contact a Virginia dog bite lawyer who is experienced with dog bite cases to help you get the best possible settlement.

Settlements and Compensation for Dog Bite Victims

  • 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.

Important Time Deadlines

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.

Contact Our Dog Bite Lawyers – No Legal Fees Unless We Win

A dog bite is a devastating experience, especially when the victim is a small child. Victims of dog attacks face serious physical injuries, permanent scarring, and emotional trauma. Our Virginia dog bite lawyers represent innocent victims throughout Virginia — children, delivery drivers, postal workers, joggers, pedestrians, and anyone else attacked by a dog.

Our lawyers  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.

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

The City of Norfolk provides information on what is expected of dog owners, as well as how vicious animals should be dealt with:

  • Animals are prohibited from running “at large” within the city. At large is defined as roaming, running, flying, or self-hunting off the property of it’s owner or custodian and not under their immediate leashed or lead control.
  • It is unlawful for anyone to keep, harbor, or maintain an animal deemed vicious within the city.  A vicious dog is usually defined as a dog that has killed or seriously injured a person or companion animal.

To attempt to cut back on the number of vicious animals within the city limits, the following regulation is in effect: “Any animal control officer or any deputy animal control officer who has reason to believe that a canine or canine crossbreed within the city is a dangerous or vicious animal as defined in this chapter shall apply to a magistrate of the city for the issuance of a summons requiring the owner or custodian to appear before the general district court at a specified time.”