Norfolk Dog Bite Attorney Richard Serpe
A dog bite is a devastating experience, especially when the victim is a small child. Victims of dog attacks face serious physical injuries, permanent scarring, and emotional trauma.
Based in Norfolk, Virginia, the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. has successfully settled dog bite injury claims across Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth. We help children, delivery drivers, mail carriers, families suffering from a wrongful death and more. Richard Serpe is highly experienced in dog bite and attack cases and will fight for your best settlement.
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. You won’t owe us any attorney’s 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.
What to do After a Norfolk 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 the Norfolk Animal Protection Unit at 757-664-7387. It is very important that the incident is documented by authorities. In addition, the dog will need to be quarantined to monitor for rabies.
- 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:
- 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 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 is entitled to recovery for the disﬁgurement. Because these injuries are often in very visible places, victims are often very self-conscious of their appearance.
- 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.
- Wrongful Death of a Loved One: 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.
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.
Virginia Attorney for Kids Attacked by Dogs
City of Norfolk Laws and Regulations
Norfolk Animal Control
2500 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23502; 757-664-6900
The City of Norfolk provides information on what is expected of dog owners, as well as how vicious animals should be dealt with:
- Running at large: Animals are prohibited from running “at large” within the city. At large is defined as roaming, running, flying, or self-hunting off the property of it’s owner or custodian and not under their immediate leashed or lead control.
- Dangerous animals in the city: It is unlawful for anyone to harbor or maintain a dangerous animal with the city, unless they have registered the animal with Animal Control as a dangerous dog.
- Vicious animals: It is unlawful for anyone to keep, harbor, or maintain an animal deemed vicious within the city. A vicious dog is usually defined as a dog that has killed or seriously injured a person or companion animal.
- Animal Control Officer rights: To attempt to cut back on the number of vicious animals within the city limits, the following regulation is in effect: “Any animal control officer or any deputy animal control officer who has reason to believe that a canine or canine crossbreed within the city is a dangerous or vicious animal as defined in this chapter shall apply to a magistrate of the city for the issuance of a summons requiring the owner or custodian to appear before the general district court at a specified time.”