Williamsburg Dog Bite & Attack Lawyer

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

The City of Williamsburg, Virginia, like many cities in the United States, has taken several measures to prevent dog bites and dog attacks from occurring.

Echoing many similar regulations, Williamsburg prohibits dogs from running “at-large” in the city limits. The owner has to be present with the dog at all times when it is on public property; if the owner is not present, the dog will be deemed at-large and impounded within a local shelter. It is also prohibited for anyone to purposely allow an animal to escape from its enclosure.

The city also clearly defines what constitutes a “dangerous” dog, as well as a “vicious” dog. Dangerous dogs are ones who have bitten, attacked or injured humans or other animals or killed another dog (or cat), while “vicious” dogs are ones that have killed or inflicted serious injury upon a human. Animal control authorities are permitted to act accordingly if a dog is deemed to be dangerous or vicious in order to prevent the animal from harming any members of the public. Owners of dogs who have been deemed dangerous, and who fail to comply with the laws and regulations governing dangerous dogs, are guilty of Class 1 misdemeanors.

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

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 to Williamsburg Animal Control: 757-253-1800

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

 

Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer

It’s entirely appropriate, of course, for a city to take steps to prevent dog attacks and dog bites—but they sometimes happen anyway. If you’ve been bitten or injured by a dog, I know how scary the incident can be. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm has a special focus on dog bites and dog attacks, and my team of attorneys and I know how to fight for you against negligent owners who should have taken better care of their pets. A dog bite deserves compensation; nobody should suffer without recompense for something so preventable.

no-fee-promiseOur Virginia dog bite attorneys operate under a no fee promise. This means that you are not responsible for any legal fees unless we win or settle your case. Contact us to learn more about your legal rights 877-544-5323