Virginia Beach Dog Bite & Attack – Injury Lawyer

5 Things to Know About Virginia Dog Bite Cases

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

Important Things to do After an Attack

If you’ve been attacked by a dog, we suggest you do the following:

  • Seek medical attention for your injuries. It is likely that you do not know whether or not the dog’s shots are up-to-date. If not, or it is unknown, it is likely that you may need to go through a series of rabies shot. Even if the dog is up-to-date, you may still be at risk for infection. It is also important that your injuries are documents by a medical professional.
  • Report the incident. It is important to call the police or Virginia Beach Animal Control (757-385-4444) so that the incident can be documented and evidence preserved. The dog will also be quarantined to be observed for rabies.
  • Take photos. Be sure to take photos of your initial injuries, and continue to take photos as you heal. This will be very important evidence in your case.
  • Contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer.  

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.
  • Scarring & 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 Bills:Dangers include any sort of medical expenses that a victim has had to pay for at a hospital, clinic, or to a pharmacy.

Time Deadlines for Virginia Dog Bite Cases

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 Virginia Dog Bite Lawyers

A dog attack is a devastating experience, especially when the victim is a young child. Victims of dog attacks face potentially serious physical injuries, permanent scarring, and emotional trauma. Our Virginia dog bite and attack attorneys represent innocent victims throughout Virginia. We have represented children, delivery drivers, postal workers, joggers, pedestrians, and many other victims attacked by someone else’s dog.

If you’ve been injured from a dog bite attack, you should be aware of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries. Our Virginia dog bite lawyers operate under a no fee promise– this means that you are not responsible for any legal fees unless we win or settle your case. 

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

The Virginia Beach city code regarding dog bites and dog attacks contains many provisions regarding proper ownership of one’s pets.

  • Code 5-531, the “leash law,” covers dogs only. When a dog is being walked on any city sidewalk, city street or public right-of-way, it has to be on a lead or lead at all times. Also, dogs being walked on a leash must also be wearing a city pet license.
  • Code 5-530 stipulates that no animal may be free to run “at large” within the city limits; that means a dog is supposed to be properly contained within one’s residence, either within the house or on a tie-out or chain—whether or not it is known to be vicious or dangerous.
  • But what constitutes a vicious dog, or a dangerous one? Code 5-520 maintains that a “dangerous dog” is one which “has bitten, attacked or inflicted injury” on another person, or even another animal. A “vicious dog” is one that has killed or inflicted severe or serious bodily harm on a human being, as well as one who has continually exhibited dangerous behavior as previously found by a court. The difference between a dangerous dog and a vicious dog is determined by the severity of the attack, in other words.