There are 90 million dogs across the United States. While most are friendly, over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported that 800,000 people receive medical attention for dog bites annually. These numbers are very high, and dog bite victims should get justice for their injuries. If a dog has bitten you, you should speak to a Virginia personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
Generally, when an injury victim pursues financial recovery, they are tasked with proving negligence. In legal terms, negligence is failing to exercise reasonable care for the current situation. Pertaining to dog bites, this could lead to a breach that leads to a dog attack. Proving negligence in dog bite cases involves:
These are the basics of a dog bite claim, and they can apply to your case in different ways. Victims must prove these elements to recover compensation for their dog bite injuries. Work with a Virginia dog bites lawyer to gather evidence and handle the legal process.
Pet owners have various responsibilities. They should know their animal’s behavior. If they have an aggressive dog or one that might cause injury, they should take measures to protect others. This responsibility also extends to when the dog is left alone. For example, if a dog is left alone around the yard, it might get out and attack a passerby. The dog owner is liable for leaving the dog unattended and not securing the yard properly.
Dog bites have various financial consequences for victims. The dog owner’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will likely pay for your losses. However, you should work with a Virginia dog bites attorney to pursue compensation for losses like:
Some injuries will result in thousands of losses, while others are more. Your injuries are unique, and you should get an individual assessment of damages. We can review your case and determine which damages apply. The best way to determine what damages apply to your case is to work with a Virginia dog bites lawyer.
It is vital to know your rights after a dog bite incident. When you don’t know your rights, a negligent dog owner can get away with causing your injuries. You should not be left to cover your losses alone. Instead, speak to a Virginia personal injury attorney to discuss filing a claim. RVA Personal Injury Lawyers can assist you during this challenging time. Call us at (804) 915-1611 to schedule a consultation today.
There are many personal injury lawyers in Virginia, but we believe that we stand out for several reasons:
We have a deep understanding of the legal and insurance systems in Virginia and will use this knowledge to get justice on your behalf.
Sharif Gray has a proven track record of success in securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
We understand that every case is unique and we take the time to listen to your story and understand your needs and goals. We will work with you to develop a customized legal strategy to get the justice you deserve.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you get paid. You can rest assured that we are working hard to get you the best possible result.
The statute of limitations is two years for most personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases in Virginia.
For most cases, you must file a lawsuit within that time frame. But there are exceptions. Give us a call at (804) 915-1611 to discuss your options.
In Virginia, the jury considers the following factors when deciding the amount of a verdict:
(1) Any bodily injuries sustained and their effect on health according to their degree and probable duration;
(2) Any physical pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and any that may be reasonably expected to suffer in the future;
(3) Any disfigurement or deformity and any associated humiliation or embarrassment suffered in the past and any that may be reasonably expected to suffer in the future;
(4) Any inconvenience caused in the past and any that probably will be caused in the future;
(5) Any medical expenses incurred in the past and any that may be reasonably expected to occur in the future;
(6) Any earnings lost because of being unable to work at their calling;
(7) Any loss of earnings and lessening of earning capacity, or either, that may reasonably be expected to sustain in the future; and
(8) Any property damage sustained.
Virginia Model Jury Instruction No. 9.000: General Personal Injury and Property Damage
There is no cap on damages in most personal injury cases. But there is a cap on damages in medical malpractice cases.
There is also a cap on punitive damages.
Your personal injury lawyer should pursue the full and fair value of what was taken from your health and quality of life.
Sharif Gray has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, and he is known for taking cases to trial.
We are not settlement lawyers. We are committed to trying cases well. Because of that, we do not handle hundreds of cases at a time. We are selective in the cases we take so we can get justice for the people we represent.
Nothing until we win your case.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you get paid.
If we resolve your case before filing a lawsuit, we charge a fee of up to 33.33% of the recovery. After a lawsuit is filed, we may charge a fee of up to 40% of the recovery.
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