Virginia allows those injured by dog bites to seek compensation from negligent owners, but the state’s dog bite laws can be rather complicated, especially if the dog has no previous history of violent behavior. For this reason, it is very important to secure an experienced Richmond dog bite lawyer immediately. The attorneys at Collier & Collier, P.C. pursue all legal avenues in order to provide our clients with the results and compensation they deserve.
In 2017 there were thirty-nine fatalities due to dog bites. Just like people, dogs have personal boundaries and can act aggressively or unpredictably when approached in a disrespectful manner. It’s important to protect yourself and your children from possible bites, and there are simple steps you can take that will help minimize the possibility of a bite.
- Not all dogs are friendly to new interactions, especially if they happen quickly. Dogs may see sudden moves as signs of aggression or otherwise threatening. If you want to approach a dog, be sure that you ask the owner for permission first.
- Be mindful of the dog’s body language and keep a safe distance. Do not try to approach a dog that is without an owner, or is restrained to a post or behind a fence.
- Some signs a dog may feel uncomfortable and feel the need to bite are: a tensed body, stiff tail, pulled back ears, furrowed brow, eyes rolled so the whites are visible, yawning, flicking tongue, intense stare, backing away.
- If a dog is exhibiting the above signs it is very important that you back away slowly from the dog while maintaining eye contact.
- If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, try not to panic. After you get away from the dog, immediately wash the wound thoroughly with soap and warm water. Contact your physician for additional care and advice. Report the bite to your local animal care and control agency.
If you are attacked by a dog and call animal control, tell the animal control official everything you know about the dog, including his owner’s name and the address where they live. If the dog is a stray, tell the animal control official what the dog looks like, where you saw him, whether you’ve seen him before and in which direction he went.
The Richmond, Virginia personal injury lawyers of Collier & Collier, P.C. will take the right action to make sure you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled. You may be entitled to payment for medical costs, property damage, lost wages, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, physical pain, and emotional suffering. You can call Collier & Collier P.C. at 877.825.0543 for an experienced personal injury lawyer.