Virginia is known as a “one bite rule” state regarding its stance toward dog bites. This means that dog owners are only held strictly liable for injuries their animals inflict if they knew or should have reasonably known of the animals’ aggressive or dangerous tendencies. A previous attack or act of aggression may be sufficient to prove that a dog was dangerous, hence the “one bite” name. A dog owner may also be held liable if he or she was negligent or broke the law and this resulted in the attack. Having a dog off a leash at a community park where leashes are required may be an example of behavior that would result in dog owner liability.
Considering the serious injuries that may be inflicted in an attack by a dog of any size or breed, it is important to talk to an attorney about your rights. Our Newport News dog bite lawyers have represented injured individuals and families in our community for 45 years. We know Virginia dog bite laws and how they apply to personal injury and wrongful death claims. Using this knowledge and our considerable experience and resources, we strive to maximize each client’s recovery.
Get an experienced and professional opinion regarding your dog bite claim. Call (757) 330-3425 today!
We Help Dog Attack Victims in Norfolk, Virginia Beach & Newport News
When a dog attacks a person, this can cause serious physical injuries. This is particularly true when the victim is a child. Because children are shorter and weigh less than adults, they are more easily overpowered and injured by dogs, even smaller breeds. Wounds are also more likely to occur to their face and neck.
The following injuries may be caused by a dog attack:
- Serious cuts and bruises
- Muscle, nerve, and other soft tissue damage
- Crush injuries, including broken bones
- Head trauma and broken bones caused by falling to the ground
- Loss of fingers, toes, or other extremities
- Scarring and disfigurement
If you or someone you love was injured by a dog, talk to a Newport News dog bite injury attorney at Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law, PLLC. We can help you pursue monetary damages for medical care, plastic or reconstructive surgery, ongoing treatment, emotional trauma, and more. We have offices in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Newport News and serve clients across the commonwealth.
For your free, confidential consultation, call (757) 330-3425 or contact us online. We look forward to helping you.