Victims of dog attacks face serious physical injuries, permanent scarring, and emotional trauma. Our Virginia Beach dog bite lawyers represent innocent victims throughout Virginia — children, delivery drivers, postal workers, joggers, pedestrians, and anyone else attacked by a dog.
Virginia Beach Dog Bite Lawyer FAQs
- What should I do after a dog attack?
- How much is a dog bite case worth?
- What are the legal deadlines for a claim?
- How much does a lawyer charge?
- What are the dog laws in Virginia Beach?
What should I do after a dog attack?
- Get medical attention for your injuries. You probably don’t know whether or not that dog’s shots are up-to-date. If not, or it is unknown, you may need to go through a series of rabies shots. Even if the dog is up-to-date on it’s shots, you may still be at risk for infection. It is also important that your injuries are documented by a medical professional.
- Report the incident. It is important that you call the police or animal control so the incident can be documents and evidence preserved. The dog will likely be quarantined and monitored for rabies.
- Take photos. Be sure to take photos of your initial injuries and continue to take photos as you heal. This will become very important evidence in your case.
- Contact an experienced Virginia Beach dog bite lawyer. An experienced dog bite attorney can do a thorough investigation into the dog owner, and fight for the fair compensation you deserve.
How much is a dog bite case worth?
Insurance & Policy Limits
Dog bite settlement amounts are based on many different factors. A major factor? Whether or not their is insurance and the policy limits. Policy limits often represent the ceiling for settlement negotiations. Beware, insurance companies will often make low-ball settlement offers. A Virginia Beach dog bite lawyer can negotiate a fair settlement.
Other Settlement Factors
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation, the following may be included in your settlement.
- Pain and suffering: This is the right to compensation for physical pain and suffering and mental anguish you have suffered.
- Loss of Earnings: You may recover for the loss of earnings which you suffered from your injuries.
- Future Loss of Earnings: Your injuries are permanent and have affected your ability to earn income 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.
What are the legal time deadlines for filing a claim?
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.
How much does a dog bite lawyer cost?
Contingency fees are paid by the client if a lawyer successfully handles a case. These fees are commonly used in personal injury law where money is being claimed. The fee is deducted from the money recovered in the successful settlement or verdict.
Virginia Beach Dog Regulations
The Virginia Beach city code regarding dog bites and dog attacks contains many provisions regarding proper ownership of one’s pets.
- Leash Law: Code 5-531, the “leash law,” covers dogs only. When a dog is being walked on any city sidewalk it must be on a lead at all times. Also, dogs being walked on a leash must also be wearing a city pet license.
- Running At Large: Code 5-530 stipulates that no animal may be free to run “at large” within the city limits. So, 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.
- Dangerous & Vicious Dogs: 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.
Virginia Beach Dog Bite Lawyer
We are experienced Virginia dog bite lawyers and have helped victims throughout the state. Contact us if you’d like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. Call or text us anytime at 877-544-5323. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.