Dog bites can be a terrifying experience, particularly if the victim is your child. In fact, young children are the most vulnerable to dog bites and attacks due to their fragile size. Dog bites are not only painful and expensive, but incredibly traumatic.
Dog bites and attacks can lead to:
If you or your child has suffered injuries caused by someone else's dog, Central Virginia Litigation's Charlottesville dog bite lawyers can help you seek full and fair compensation for your losses. We have represented children and their parents, pedestrians, and postal workers all across Virginia. Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of the injured.
Virginia usually follows a "one bite" rule when it comes to dog bite liability. If the dog has previously caused injuries to another person and the dog owner knew of this fact, then the dog's owner can be held liable for the accident. Injuries can include dog bites as well as injuries caused by the dog's behavior, such as jumping onto someone and knocking him or her down.
Claims can also be brought under the principle of negligence if the dog owner failed to use a leash or failed to take reasonable action to prevent the attack.
If you are hesitant to file a claim because the owner of the dog is a family member or a friend, don't be. Although they may be legally liable, they will typically not be responsible for paying the damages themselves.
Instead, the damages are often covered by various insurance policies, including renter's insurance, homeowner's insurance, commercial general liability insurance, and more. We can discuss your options for compensation and viable sources of recovery.
When you need someone to advocate for you after a dog bite injury Central Virginia Litigation's attorneys can help you build a case and deal with insurance companies. We can investigate to find evidence of the dog owner's negligence and negotiate the highest settlement for all of your medical bills, treatment, lost wages, and pain. While we usually do settle cases without a trial, our attorneys are always ready and willing to litigate a claim in order to maximize your compensation. We look out for your interests throughout the process.
Contact our office at (434) 329-7071 to learn more about how we can help.