Do You Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?
In the wake of a Virginia dog attack, it’s often difficult to know where to start. After seeking medical attention, it may be in your best interest to discuss your legal options with an attorney. With zero obligation to work with an attorney beyond the free consultation, there’s no reason not to explore all possibilities. The insurance company will work hard to minimize a settlement or deny claims whenever possible. If you’re not willing to go head to head with them yourself, you’ll want a lawyer representing your best interests.
Do You Have a Virginia Dog Bite Case?
✓ Were you or a loved one attacked by someone else’s dog?
✓ Did the attack cause serious physical injury?
✓ Did you seek medical attention for your injuries?
✓ Was the attack a result of dog owner (or caretaker) negligence?
✓ Did the attack occur in the Commonwealth of Virginia?
If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions, you may have a Virginia personal injury case. Consider consulting with a Virginia personal injury lawyer experienced with dog bite/attack cases to determine your options.
Protect Your Right to Compensation
Here are a few steps you can take to protect yourself and your right to compensation after an attack.
- Seek medical attention. First and foremost, if you’ve been injured, it is always a good idea to seek medical attention from a professional to protect your health. If you plan to make a personal injury claim, your medical records will document the serious nature of your injuries.
- Report the attack. Any dog that has attacked a person should be reported to authorities to protect the health and safety of the public. In addition, animal control will need to conduct an investigation and quarantine the dog to watch for rabies. Animal control’s investigative findings will be important evidence in your case.
- Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, 703-746-4774
- 4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304
- Take photos of your injuries.
- Consider a lawyer. A Virginia personal injury lawyer who has experience with dog bite cases can be a valuable asset. Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations. Considering contacting a lawyer to discuss your situation.
Compensatory Damages Available to Victims
Compensatory damages are monetary awards intended to compensate victims who’ve suffered losses as a result of negligence or illegal activities. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your attack, you could be eligible for the following:
- Pain and suffering. Compensation for the pain, suffering and mental anguish you endured, or will continue to endure, as a result of the attack.
- Loss of earnings. Even minor injuries can put a victim out of work for days, weeks or even months. Those absences will inevitably take a toll on a person’s income stream. We can help fight for the wages you lose out on because of your injury. If your injuries are life-altering and affect your ability to earn a living, these damages may also be included in your settlement.
- Disfigurement. If the injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks, it could mean years of plastic surgery or therapy to treat the emotional issues that come with the disfigurement. This is especially true when a child is attacked.
- Children: Unfortunately, some childhood injuries can stay with a person physically for the rest of their life. This can impact their self-esteem and may require expensive plastic surgery. This can be factored into a settlement.
- Medical bills. You may recoup costs of medical treatment related to the attack. And if your injuries require long-term care, those costs may be included in your settlement or verdict.
- Death of a loved one. 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. These cases are more complex than regular personal injury cases, so be sure to speak with an attorney who has experience with Virginia wrongful death cases.
Statute of Limitations (Deadlines)
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. Once that deadline has passed, you will no longer be allowed to pursue a claim to recover damages.
Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer 877-544-5323
Richard Serpe is a highly skilled Virginia personal injury attorney with a reputation for meticulous trial preparation and presentation. He has a tremendous track record of success in obtaining substantial jury verdicts and settlements for his clients. As a personal injury attorney, he advocates for those who have been injured due to the negligence of another person, dangerous product, or company. A substantial portion of his 35-year legal career has been devoted to the representation of injured children.