What to do After a Dog Attack

  1. Get medical attention. It is likely that you do not know if the dog that attacked you is up-to-date on their vaccines. If this information is not available, you may have to go through a series of rabies shots because rabies is a very dangerous virus if no left untreated. Even if the dog is up-to-date, you are still at risk for infection.
  2. Report the incident to authorities.  If you are injured or concern about your well-being you should seek medical or emergency services. You should also report the incident to the Prince William County Animal Control (703-792-6500) so that they can launch an investigation into the incident and locate the dog. It is likely that the dog will be quarantined.
  3. Take photos of your injuries. Be sure to take photos of your injuries right after the attack, and continue to take photos throughout the healing process. This will be important evidence for your case.
  4. Contact a Virginia dog bite lawyer. A Virginia dog attack attorney can attempt to help you obtain the best possible settlement for your injuries.

Compensation & Settlements

Depending on the circumstances of the situation, certain types of compensation may be available for victims:

  • Pain and suffering: physical pain and suffering and mental anguish may be included.
  • Loss of Earnings: You may be 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 may be able to 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 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.
  • Medical Bills: Damages 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.

Statute of Limitations (Claim 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. 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 Dog Bite Lawyer Richard Serpe

Our Virginia dog bite lawyers know the rules, the regulations, and the laws surrounding dogs and dog attacks, and we know how to fight for you in order to win you the legal redress to which you are entitled.

Richard Serpe’s Professional Honors:

– Rated 10/10 – “Superb”  by the respected online attorney rating service, Avvo.com
– Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® since 2005
– Received an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell law directory, which is the highest given
– Named a “Super Lawyer” – among the top 5 percent of lawyers in Virginia since 2005

Prince William County Dog Laws

Prince William County, Virginia, has numerous laws related to dog ownership and safety.

  • In PWC, all dogs 4 months and older must be licensed and renewed annually. In addition, the dog must wear the license tag or the owner may be fined.
  • Prince William County forbids dogs from running freely within the county unless engaged in a specific, protected function such as hunting or training.
  • Citizens are required to report any knowledge of a dog bite to the proper authorities. These laws, of course, are intended to keep aggressive dogs from harming any individuals.

Prince William County points out that nearly eighty percent of dog bite victims know the owner of the dog. Over fifty percent of such victims are under the age of fifteen, and most are between four and nine years old. Many bites occur while playing with a dog, with the victim having no intention of harming or harassing the animal.

Prince William County Animal Control
14807 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA 20112

We represent victims of dog attacks in Prince William County, Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, Quantico, Aden, Antioch, Bethel, Bentsville, Bristow, Buckhall, Buckland, Bull Run, Canova, Catharpin, Cherry Hill, Cornwell, Dale City, Featherstone, Gainesville, Greenwich, Hoadly, Independent Hill, Lake Ridge, Linton Hall, Loch Lomond, Montclair, Nokesville, Rixlew, Southbridge, Sudley, Thoroughfare, Triangle, Waterfall, Wellington, West Gate, Woodbridge, Yorkshire and throughout Virginia.