Helping You Recover Compensation For Your Injuries & Anguish After a Dog Attack
Virginia Personal Injury Cases
When a dog bites someone, the impact can last a lifetime. While minor bites might heal in a matter of days or weeks, serious dog bite injuries can linger for the rest of a person’s life. Such attacks may lead to: puncture wounds, eye injuries, broken bones, head injuries, neck injuries, facial injuries, disfigurement, and scarring. These are just a handful of the most common types of serious dog bite injuries.
Personal injury laws allow Virginia dog bite victims to pursue legal action against the owner of the animal that bit them. These cases help victims recover the costs associated with their injuries. Medical bills, therapy appointments, plastic surgery costs and lost wages can all be included in a dog bite settlement.
Fatal Virginia Dog Bite Cases
No matter the circumstance, losing a loved one is always hard. But losing a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness can feel like an injustice. In some cases, it’s just that. When the victim of a dog attack succumbs to their injuries, the surviving family members may file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the deceased.
A claim or lawsuit can hold the owner of the dog responsible for their negligence and ensure that the financial impact of the incident doesn’t linger. You may be able to recover compensation for funeral expenses, medical bills, and even the loss of your family’s main source of income. Even intangible losses, like pain and suffering, can be included in a settlement.
Statute of Limitations (Deadlines)
In Virginia, there are strict deadlines for filing a personal injury lawsuit. In most 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 the statute of limitations has passed, you will never again be allowed to ask for compensation related to your dog attack and injuries.
While two years might seem like a long time, that could not be further from the truth. After a serious or fatal dog attack, it may take months to a year for you to finish your medical treatment. Your attorney will also need time to conduct a thorough investigation and build your case. Accidents with complicating factors and life-altering injuries are inevitably more complex and time-consuming. If you wait too long, it may be hard for you to find a good attorney to take on your case.
Virginia Dog Bite Lawyers
Dog bites are scary, and they often leave more questions than answers in their wake. If you or someone you love has suffered an attack, consider scheduling a free consultation with our team (877) 544-5323. The Serpe Firm legal team has successfully settled Virginia dog bite cases for children, USPS mail carriers, FedEX and UPS drivers, delivery drivers, joggers, neighbors, innocent bystanders and more.
As a personal injury attorney with over 35 years of experience, Richard Serpe advocates for those who have been injured due to negligence. Mr. Serpe is a highly skilled attorney with a reputation for meticulous preparation and presentation. He has a track record of success in obtaining favorable jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Awards & Recognition: “Super Lawyer” – top 5% of lawyers in Virginia (2006 – Present); Best Lawyers in America (2005 – Present); AV rating (highest given) from the Martindale-Hubbell law directory; Rated 10/10 – “Superb” by attorney rating service Avvo.com.