In the wake of a Hampton dog attack, it’s often hard to know where to start. After seeking medical attention, it may be in your best interest to discuss your legal options with an attorney.
Our Virginia dog bite injury lawyers represent children, mail carriers, delivery drivers and anyone else bitten by a dog. Attorney Richard Serpe has 35 years of hard-won experience and results helping the injured recover compensation. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, contact us to discuss your legal options; call or text 757-233-0009.
The Serpe Firm offers a no fee promise, which means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win your case. Our firm will work on your behalf to get a fair settlement, and only charge legal fees if you receive a settlement or verdict.
Do you have a Virginia dog bite case?
✓ Were you 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 dog attack occur in Virginia?
If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions, you may have a Hampton dog bite case case. Consider consulting with a Virginia personal injury lawyer experienced with dog bite/attack cases to determine your legal options.
Attorney Richard Serpe
Richard Serpe is a top-rated Virginia personal injury lawyer with a reputation for meticulous trial preparation and presentation. 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 large portion of his 35-year legal career has been devoted to the representation of injured children. He has a tremendous track record of success in obtaining favorable jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Awards & Recognition
- “Super Lawyer” – top 5% in Virginia (2006 – Present)
- Best Lawyers (2005 – Present)
- Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year (Norfolk, 2020)
- AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell law directory
- Rated 10/10 – “Superb” by Avvo.com
What should I do if I was attacked by someone else’s dog in Virginia?
Here are a few steps you can take to protect yourself and your right to compensation:
- Get 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 want to make a personal injury claim, your medical records will document the serious nature of your injuries.
- Report the incident. When an animal attacks a person, that animal has become a potential threat to the health and safety of the public and should be reported to authorities. Further, animal control will need to conduct an investigation into the incident as well as quarantine the animal for rabies. The animal control report will become crucial evidence in your personal injury case.
- Hampton Animal Response Team 757-727-6111
- 40 Lincoln Street, Hampton, VA 23669
- Consider contacting a lawyer. While hiring a lawyer is not required, having an experienced professional to advocate for your needs could mean a larger settlement for you and your family. A successful settlement can cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, plastic surgery, permanent injuries and disabilities, a wrongful death, as well as the loss of earning capacity.
Compensation for Dog Bite Victims
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation, you may be entitled to one or more of the following types of damages:
- 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.
- 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.
- Disﬁgurement & Scars: If the injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks, the victim may be 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.
- Loss of Earnings: You are entitled to recover for the loss of earnings which you suffered from your injuries. 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.
- Wrongful Death: 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.
Children Attacked by Dogs
Sadly, many of our dog attack clients are children. Dog bite injuries to children range from minor to fatal. Lacerations and punctures are common among child dog bite victims, as are sprains, fractures and tissue loss. Many times, scarring on the face and neck leave a permanent reminder of the attack. Some victims require initial surgery to repair the damage done by the dog and plastic surgery down the line to fix the cosmetic damage.
If your child was attacked by someone else’s dog, we are here to help your family. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your legal options 757-233-0009.
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 (SOL) for personal injury cases. However, sometimes special circumstances apply and can alter that deadline. Once that deadline has passed, you will no longer be allowed to seek compensation for your injuries.
It may be in your best interest to contact an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer to discuss your situation and protect your right to compensation.