Things to consider after the attack:
Seek medical attention. You do not know whether or not the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a very serious virus. If the dog that bit you isn’t up-to-date on shots, it is likely you will have to go through a painful serious of rabies shots. Even if the animal is up-to-date, you are still at risk for infection if the wound is not treated properly. In addition, it is important that a medical professional documents your injuries.
Report the incident to the proper authorities as soon as possible. You should contact 911 and/or Chesapeake Animal Services Unit (757-382-8080). It is important that the incident is documented by authorities and witness information is collected. The animal may also need to be quarantined and observed for rabies.
Take photos of your injuries as soon as possible, and continue to take photos during the healing process. Photos of your injuries can be very valuable evidence for your case.
Contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to help you get the best possible settlement.
Dog Bite Settlements & Compensation
Depending on the situation, damages that dog bite victims may be eligible for include:
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 may be entitled to recover for the loss of earnings which you suffered from your injuries. This includes wages, commissions, bonuses, and all other earnings and fringe beneﬁts. If you are not able to work presently because you are recovering from your injuries, the loss of income should be made up.
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 may be entitled to recover 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 later on in life. Depending on the age of the child at the time of the attack, many surgeons will not perform surgical revisions until the child reaches early adulthood. This means that many times, children will go through the embarrassment and humiliation of the scar through adolescence, a period in which they are very self- conscious of their appearance. This often impacts them both socially and emotionally.
Medical Expenses: Damages may include any sort of medical expenses that a victim has had to pay for at a hospital, clinic, or to a pharmacy. These include the cost of basic medical treatment, going to the emergency room, and any sort of surgical treatment or care needed to repair the damaged area of the body.
Time Deadlines for Virginia 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.
City of Chesapeake Animal Laws
The City of Chesapeake provides several passages regarding dog bites and dog attacks, including laws and how these situations are dealt with. Here are a few of them:
Dogs are required to stay in their own yard unless accompanied by an owner or another individual. Dogs and cats must be restrained by a collar and on a leash when not in their own yard.
If a dog attacks a human or another animal, it may be impounded until a court hearing. The courts may then deem the dog dangerous or vicious. (To read more about Virginia laws regarding dangerous dogs click here.)
Any dog that bites or scratches a human is required to be quarantined for a period of 10 days. Chesapeake Animal Control is responsible for overseeing this activity. An owner who fails to comply with this law can face criminal charges.
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