Norfolk Dog Bite and Attack Lawyer | Richard Serpe

Norfolk Dog Bite Lawyer – Injured? Get Help.

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.

What 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.
  • Report the incident by calling the the police or the Norfolk Animal Protection Unit at 757-664-7387.
  • 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 at least a ten-day period  The victim should attempt to identify the animal and owner so that authorities can act accordingly.

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

Norfolk, Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer

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.

FREE DOG BITE CASE EVALUATION 877-544-5323

Our main office is located at 580 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510


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.”