Arlington, Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer
A dog attack can be a traumatized experience. This is especially true if the victim of a dog attack is a small child. Victims of dog attacks are usually left with serious physical injuries, permanent scarring, and emotional trauma.
Our Virginia and Arlington dog bite lawyers have seen the devastating results of a vicious attack. Our goal is to obtain a settlement or verdict that will allow you to get the medical care you are owed, and the compensation you deserve. Our clients include children, delivery drivers, postal workers, joggers, pedestrians, and many others innocent victims of dog attacks.
No Legal Fees Unless We Win
We understand that the fees associated with a lawsuit can be a barrier to justice, and we believe that everyone should have a voice when it comes to asserting their rights. Corporations and insurance companies have tremendous resources, and our No Fee Promise levels the playing field.
We offer a No Fee Promise, which means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case. We will work on your behalf to get a fair settlement, and only charge legal fees if you receive a settlement or verdict.
Things 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. As well, it is important that your injuries are documented by a medical professional should you decide to pursue a lawsuit.
- Report the incident by calling the the police or animal control at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington at 703-931-9241. It is very important that the incident is documented by authorities. In addition, the dog may need to be quarantined to monitor for rabies. In addition, they may need to be added to Virginia's dangerous dog registry.
- Take photos of your injuries. Be sure to take photos of your injuries right after the attack, and continue to take photos through the healing process. This will be important evidence for your case.
- Contact a Virginia dog bite lawyer who is experienced with dog bite cases to help you get the best possible settlement.
Compensation for Dog Bite Claims
Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- Medical Expenses: Damages include any sort of medical expenses that a victim has had to pay for at a hospital, clinic, or to a pharmacy. This also includes expensive ambulance rides to the hospital.
- 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 affected your ability to earn a living, your future loss of income may be included in your settlement.
- Disﬁgurement: If the injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks, the victim is entitled to recovery for the disﬁgurement. These injuries are often in very visible places.
- Wrongful Death of a Loved One: Fatal dog attacks don’t happen very often, but when they do occur, they’re always incredibly tragic. The Virginia wrongful death statute allows certain family members of the victim to file a claim on the behalf of the deceased.
Deadlines for Dog Bite 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.
Contact an Experienced Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer
Our Virginia and Arlington 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. Contact us to learn more about your legal rights 877-544-5323
Richard Serpe’s Professional Honors:
– Rated 10/10 – “Superb” by the respected online attorney rating service, Avvo.com
– Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® since 2005
– Received an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell law directory, which is the highest given
– Named a “Super Lawyer” – among the top 5 percent of lawyers in Virginia since 2005
County of Arlington Local Laws
Animal Welfare League of Arlington - Animal Laws
2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr. Arlington, VA 22206; 703-931-9241
The County of Arlington provides information on what is expected of dog owners:
- Leash laws: When off property, all dogs are required to be leashed and under control of the person walking the dog.
- Rabies Vaccination: Dogs older than four months are required to be vaccinated against rabies.
- Dangerous Dogs: A dangerous dog is defined as, "a canine or canine crossbreed which has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury on a
person or companion animal, or killed a companion animal."
- Vicious Dogs: A vicious dog is defined as a canine or canine crossbreed which has killed a person, inflicted serious injury to a person, or continued to exhibit behavior that deemed them as a dangerous dog.
- Click here to learn more.