If you have suffered a dog attack, you need legal advice from an experienced dog bite injury attorney. Dog attacks can lead to serious emotional and physical injuries. Even an attack that does not cause physical damage can leave the victim with a psychological wound.
People who are attacked by dogs often need plastic surgery and still may end up with permanent scars. Sadly, children are the most at risk of being bitten by a dog, and many times the victim is a friend or acquaintance of the dog’s owner.
While loose dogs cause injuries sometimes and the identity of who is responsible for the dog may take some digging to uncover, it is more common that the victim and the dog’s owner know each other. Allowing an attorney to mediate this tense scenario and calmly collect the facts will avoid further detriment to the relationship.
Because the laws pertaining to dog bite injuries vary across the state of Virginia, you need an experienced dog bite injury attorney to navigate handling your case. Joannou & Associates understands how to investigate a dog bite injury to uncover possible previous attacks from the dog in question and relevant witness testimonies so you receive due compensation for your traumatic ordeal.
Some cities and counties have leash laws which require that any dog be restrained at all times, and a dog running loose would violate those laws. Furthermore, if a dog has previously attacked or killed a person or an animal, they may have a bite record and be considered a “dangerous” dog that must be restrained at all times.
AVOIDING DOG ATTACKS
Obviously, it is best to avoid being attacked by a dog if at all possible. Here are some recommendations:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
- If the dog is with someone, ask that person if the dog is friendly before you approach.
- Do not disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for its pups.
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- Do not let unsupervised children play with a dog.
If an unfamiliar dog approaches you and you do not want to interact with it, stay still and be calm. Avoid making direct eye contact. You can try saying “no” or “go home” in a firm voice. Wait for the dog to pass or slowly back away. If necessary, you can try saying “no” or “go home” in a firm voice. Wait for the dog to pass or slowly back away. If the dog continues to show aggression, here are some ways to protect yourself:
IF YOU ARE ATTACKED OR BITTEN BY A DOG
- Try to put your purse, bag, jacket, or anything else between you and the dog to protect yourself.
- If you are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your head tucked in and your hands over your ears and neck.
- Get to a safe place or situation as soon as possible.
- Try to identify the dog that bit you, try to find out from which home it came, and try to find out the address at which the attack occurred.
- Get prompt medical treatment. If the dog is a stray, or if you are unable to determine who owns it, you may need treatment to avoid rabies.
- Contact Animal Control or other authorities as soon as possible to have them investigate the incident and take any appropriate action.
IF YOU SUFFER A DOG BITE, CONTACT JOANNOU & ASSOCIATES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
We will determine whether it is possible for you to make a recovery for the dog bite injury after we review the law and the facts. You may be able to get compensation for any injuries you suffer including medical bills, counseling expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future expected treatment including plastic surgery.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an animal attack, call our experienced dog bite injury attorney at Joannou & Associates, Representing Injured Persons, at (757) 399-1700.