Seek medical attention for your injuries. It is likely that you do not know whether or not the dog’s shots are up-to-date. If not, or it is unknown, it is likely that you may need to go through a series of rabies shots. Even if the dog is up-to-date, you may still be at risk for infection. It is also important that your injuries are documents by a medical professional.
Report the incident. It is important to call the police or Virginia Beach Animal Control (757-385-4444) so that the incident can be documented and evidence can be preserved. It is also likely that the dog will be quarantined.
Take photos. Be sure to take photos of your initial injuries, and continue to take photos as you heal. This will be very important evidence in your case.
Contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer. An experienced Virginia dog attack attorney can fight for the fair compensation that you deserve while you focus on getting better.
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 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.
Scarring & 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.
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.
The Virginia Beach city code regarding dog bites and dog attacks contains many provisions regarding proper ownership of one’s pets.
Code 5-531, the “leash law,” covers dogs only. When a dog is being walked on any city sidewalk, city street or public right-of-way, it has to be on a lead or lead at all times. Also, dogs being walked on a leash must also be wearing a city pet license.
Code 5-530 stipulates that no animal may be free to run “at large” within the city limits; that means a dog is supposed to be properly contained within one’s residence, either within the house or on a tie-out or chain—whether or not it is known to be vicious or dangerous.
But what constitutes a vicious dog, or a dangerous one? Code 5-520 maintains that a “dangerous dog” is one which “has bitten, attacked or inflicted injury” on another person, or even another animal. A “vicious dog” is one that has killed or inflicted severe or serious bodily harm on a human being, as well as one who has continually exhibited dangerous behavior as previously found by a court. The difference between a dangerous dog and a vicious dog is determined by the severity of the attack, in other words.
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