Virginia Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Dog bites cause serious physical and emotional wounds. As with other personal injuries, you may wonder if you have grounds for a lawsuit. Each state has its own laws for these types of cases. That is why it is so important for dog bite victims in Virginia to retain lawyers who are well versed in how those laws work in that state.
How Serious Are Dog Bites?
When dogs turn vicious, the results can be devastating:
- Canine teeth can pierce skin, muscle, and other tissues—and even tear through clothing or shoes.
- There may be lingering emotional distress.
- Wounds can become infected, or complications may arise in the future.
- In some cases, there may be a threat of rabies.
- You may need to take time off work and have difficult performing everyday tasks.
Your attorney can help you get fair compensation.
What Does Virginia Law Say About Dog Bites?
Virginia is a "one-bite" state. A dog owner is only liable for injuries a dog causes if the dog had a known propensity for violent behavior. The most obvious example would be that the dog already had “one bite” on its record. But dog owners in Virginia are generally assumed to be off the hook for that first incident.
It is important to note that there are exceptions. An owner may be negligent if he or she failed to follow the leash law and an attack occurred that otherwise could have been prevented. And if the victim’s actions even partially contributed to the incident, it can interfere with your ability to collect compensation. These laws are tricky. So if you have been the victim of a dog bite attack in Virginia, it is crucial that you contact a lawyer.
Learn more about Virginia's statute of limitations.
Locate a Local Virginia Dog Attacks Attorney
If you have been a victim of a dog attack, having a knowledgeable attorney on your side can ease your worries. Find out if you may be due compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Call now to speak with a Virginia animal bites lawyer at 877-913-7222.