Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
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West Virginia Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Dog bites cause serious physical and emotional wounds. Sharp canine teeth can tear through skin, muscles, and other tissues. And you may feel traumatized for years to come. The good news is that you may be due compensation for your losses. A West Virginia attorney can help.
What Does West Virginia Law Say About Dog Bites?
There are two basic categories of dog bite laws:
- Strict liability dog bite statutes: These laws hold dog owners fully responsible for injuries their animals cause. It does not matter if a dog has ever behaved violently in the past.
- The "one-bite" rule: This rule holds dog owners liable only if their dogs had a known propensity for violence. The most obvious example would be that a dog has bitten someone before. Simply stated, they get "one bite" free.
West Virginia uses a combination of these approaches. The state has a strict liability statute that applies only to dogs running at large. In other instances, the one-bite rule applies.
Locate a Local West Virginia Animal Attack Lawyer
As many as 800,000 people seek medical treatment for dog bites each year. If you are one of them, get in touch with a legal pro who knows how animal attack laws work in your state. Call now to speak with a West Virginia dog bites attorney at 877-913-7222.