What to do After a Dog Attack
- Seek immediate medical attention. Remember, there is no way of knowing if the animal is vaccinated against rabies. Even if the animal has been vaccinated, untreated wounds can lead to infection. It is also important to have your injuries documented by a medical professional in the event you file a claim.
- Report the incident to the proper authorities as soon as possible.
- Eastern Shore Animal Control at 757-787-7091.
- 28167 Beacon Road, Melfa, VA 23410
- Take photos of your injuries as soon as possible and throughout the healing process. This may become very important evidence should you decide to file a claim.
- Contact a Virginia dog bite attorney to learn about your legal options.
Compensation for Dog Bite Victims
Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- 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.
Time Deadlines for Virginia Claims
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.
Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer
Injured in a dog attack? Contact Richard Serpe for a free consultation. Our Virginia dog bite lawyers have over 34 years of experience helping victims of personal injuries obtain compensation for the wrong they have suffered. Contact us for a free consultation and to learn about your legal options 877-544-5323.
We serve all of Accomack County (Virginia Eastern Shore) : Accomac, Belle Haven, Bloxom, Chincoteague, Hallwood, Keller, Melfa, Onancock, Onley, Painter, Parksley, Saxis, Tangier, and Wachapreague.