What is the average settlement for a dog bite in Virginia?

Virginia dog bite settlement lawyerAnswer: According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), in 2019 the average pay out for a dog bite claim nationwide was $44,760. Further, homeowners insurance paid out $797 million in claims nationwide related to dog bites and attacks.

Our Virginia Dog Bite Settlements

  • $130 THOUSAND – Child attacked and bitten on face, lip, and mouth in Arlington, VA.
  • $110 THOUSAND – Client sustained serious facial injuries in Chesapeake, VA.
  • $100 THOUSAND – Postal worker sustained serious knee injury in Norfolk, VA.
  • $100 THOUSAND – FedEx delivery driver attacked in Wythe County, VA.
  • $100 THOUSAND – Child viciously attacked by neighbor’s dog in Winchester, VA.
  • $80 THOUSAND – Child bitten on face in Fauquier County, VA.
  • $30 THOUSAND – Jogger bitten in Dinwiddie County, VA.
  • View more of our Virginia dog bite settlements

*Please understand that every case is different. Attorneys cannot evaluate a case without knowing all the facts and reviewing all the pertinent evidence. A prior settlement cannot guarantee a similar outcome. 

Compensation for Dog Bite Victims

Depending on the circumstances of your situation, your settlement could include one or more of the following types of 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.
    • Children are frequently bitten in the facial region and require plastic surgery.
  • Medical Expenses: 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

Deadlines for Virginia 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 Dog Bite Lawyer

Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer Richard SerpeIf you’d like to discuss your case with one of our Virginia dog bite lawyers, give us a call or send us an email to setup an appointment. It’s free and there is no obligation. After learning more about what happened to you or your loved one, we will help you to understand you legal options. If you do decide to retain us to represent you, we have a no fee promise – you pay no legal fees unless we settle or win your case.

Richard Serpe is a highly skilled trial attorney with a reputation for meticulous trial preparation and presentation. He has a tremendous track record of success in obtaining substantial jury verdicts and settlements for his clients. A substantial portion of his career has been devoted to the representation of injured children.


Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer Settlements
Facial Injuries
Client sustained serious facial injuries after being attacked by dog.
Chesapeake, VA
Child Facial Bite
5-year-old girl bitten on face, lip, and mouth by neighbor's dog.
Arlington, VA
USPS Worker
Postal worker sustained a serious knee injury after being attacked on the job.
Norfolk, VA
FedEx Delivery Driver
FedEx delivery driver sustained major injuries to arm after being bitten while working.
Wythe Co., VA
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