Fairfax Dog Bite Lawyer
If a dog bite has left you with medical bills and pain and suffering, you might be entitled to compensation. Get help from a Fairfax dog bite lawyer.
When you think of dogs, you’re likely to picture man’s best friend. While that’s often an accurate image, dogs are still animals—no matter how cute they are. That means their behavior may be unpredictable at times.
In the worst-case scenario, dogs can be downright dangerous.
Victims of dog bites often suffer physically and emotionally. Recovery from this type of injury can be long and expensive, and it may affect your day-to-day routine.
Fortunately, a Fairfax dog bite lawyer can help you seek the compensation you need to recover. If you work with the team at Priale & Racine, PLLC, you’ll benefit from our years of experience with dog bite cases.
Dog Bites in Virginia
Every state has its own rules regarding liability in dog bite cases. In Virginia, these cases are based on the “one-bite” rule. The one-bite rule holds that dog owners can be held liable for injuries their dog causes if they knew the dog was dangerous based on past incidents.
That means your lawyer’s efforts will focus on proving the dog owner knew the offending dog was potentially dangerous. If the dog has not previously bitten anyone, your attorney will know what is needed to prove the liability of the dog’s owner. He or she will compile evidence that points toward the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s past behavior.
Your lawyer will also attempt to prove that the dog owner did not provide reasonable care in restraining the animal, even if he or she did not know the dog was dangerous. Virginia requires dog owners to maintain control over their pets at all times—even if the animal does not have a propensity for harm.
If the dog owner failed to properly restrain the animal and you were bitten as a result, your lawyer will point to this to strengthen your claim.
Compensation You Can Ask For
Every dog bite injury is unique. Some victims may only experience a small injury while others are so severely injured that they are forced to take time off work. In the most traumatic cases, the victim may end up with a permanent disability.
Your Fairfax dog bite lawyer will seek a settlement that reflects the extent of your injuries. Some damages your lawyer might seek on your behalf include the following:
- Medical bills, including medications, hospital visits, doctor appointments, and any travel associated with your medical treatment
- Temporary or permanent disability compensation
- Reimbursement for lost wages
- Compensation for lost earning capacity
- Damages for emotional and mental anguish
- Compensation for pain and suffering
Let a Lawyer Handle Your Case
If you were injured in an accident that involved a dog bite, hiring professional legal assistance is the best thing you can do to earn a full settlement. Our team at Priale & Racine, PLLC would be happy to fight on your behalf.
To speak with a Fairfax dog bite lawyer about your accident and injuries, contact us today. We can be reached by phone at 703-272-3922 or online through the contact form at the bottom of this page.