Henrico, Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog bite victims often sustain serious physical injuries, scars, and emotional trauma. Our Virginia and Henrico dog bite lawyers understand the laws and regulations surrounding an attack.
We help our clients get the compensation they deserve after being attacked by someone else's dog. Our clients include children, mail carriers, delivery drivers, joggers, pedestrians, bystanders, neighbors, and more. If you've been bitten, contact us to discuss your legal options.
What should I do after a dog attack?
Here are our suggestions for dealing with a dog attack:
- Seek medical attention. Dog bites and attacks can lead to rabies or other serious infections. It is always a good idea to see a medical professional for your injuries. Further, this provides proof of your injuries and medical expenses should you decide to file a claim against the dog owner.
- Report the incident. Dog attacks should be reported to the police or your local animal control unit. Animal control will need to conduct an investigation into the incident, as well as quarantine the dog.
- Take photos of your initial injuries, and continue to take photos throughout the healing process. This will become very important evidence for your case.
- Hire a Virginia dog bite lawyer. Consider speaking with an experienced dog bite lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Dog Bite Compensation & Settlement
Depending on the circumstances of your dog attack, you may be entitled to the following:
- Pain and suffering: This includes the right to compensation for physical pain and suffering and mental anguish. This is determined by the severity and permanency of you injuries.
- Loss of Earnings: You are entitled to recover for the loss of earnings which you suffered from the attack. This includes wages, commissions, bonuses, and all other earnings and fringe beneﬁts. If you are not able to work because you are recovering from your injuries, the loss of income can be recouped.
- Disﬁgurement: If the injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks, the victim is entitled to recovery for the disﬁgurement.
- Childrenare frequently bitten in the facial region and require plastic surgery. 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 children will go through the embarrassment and humiliation of the scar through adolescence.
- Medical Expenses: These include the cost of basic medical treatment, ambulance rides, going to the emergency room, and any sort of surgical treatment or care needed to repair the damaged area of the body.
- A Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Virginia allows certain family members to make a claim for losses they have suffered due to the wrongful death of a loved one.
Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog bites are serious, scary and potentially fatal incidents. The matter is serious enough that the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in two separate instances on various dog bite matters. There is no excuse for allowing your dog to roam freely and potentially injure someone, especially when that dog is known to be vicious or dangerous. My Virginia personal injury law firm specializes in dog bites and attacks. If you’ve been injured from a dog bite attack, you should be aware of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to due to your injuries.
No Legal Fees Unless We Win
Our Virginia dog bite attorneys 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
Henrico County Animal Laws
Henrico County Code outlines the finer details of what is expected of dog owners in the area, as well as the protocol should an attack occur. Here is what you need to know:
- Leash law : Henrico's control ordinance does not require a dog to be on a leash, however it does require animals to be under the owner's control at all times
- Running at-large : It is prohibited for any dog to run at large within the county at any time. However, the owner or custodian may allow the dog to run at large if they are within a county-designated off-lease, fenced dog exercise area.
- A dangerous dog is categorized by a canine which has bitten, attacked, or caused injury to a person or a companion animal.
- All animal bites of human beings must be reported to the county division of police within 24 hours after it has happened.
Our attorneys are available to assist all Henrico County residents including: Chamberlayne, Dunbarton, East Highland Park, Glen Allen, Highland Springs, Innsbrook, Lakeside, Laurel, Montrose, Sandston, Short Pump, Tuckahoe, Wyndham, Fair Oaks, Varina, and all of Virginia.