Norfolk Dog Bite and Attack Lawyer | Richard Serpe

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.”

 

If you’ve been attacked by a dog in Norfolk:

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 Norfolk Animal Protection Unit at 757-664-7387.

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.

 

Norfolk, 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. 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.

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, and medical expenses.

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