Medical bills and injuries are not the only result of a dog attack.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, around 4,346 people in the state received emergency care for a dog bite injury in 2007. Thirty-one percent of the victims were age 14 and under.
Dog bites can cause serious, lifelong scars and disfigurement, especially in children.
Victims of dog attacks may suffer from stress, anxiety, and a crippling fear of dogs.
If you are attacked on a Richmond street by a loose dog.
If your son or daughter is bitten by a Henrico County neighbor’s dog.
If you or your loved one is injured or needs reconstructive plastic surgery because of a dog owner’s negligence.
What can you do?
First, get legal representation from an experienced Richmond personal injury attorney. With the guidance of an attorney, you are more likely to:
- Collect payment for medical bills
- Receive restitution for physical and psychological scars
- Ensure that a dog is legally listed as dangerous or vicious
Richmond attorney D. Wayne O’Bryan is dedicated to serving the victims of dog attacks and their families when they need the support of a lawyer. Wayne’s office serves clients across Southside Virginia, and faraway clients can rest assured that he will see their case through and give them regular updates by phone and mail.
If a dog has attacked you or someone you love, get the facts.
Currently in Virginia a dog must bite, injure, or otherwise attack before being officially declared dangerous, but many dogs off-leash or not confined can be an example of negligence by the owner.
If people have witnessed a dog’s aggressive behavior, the owner has a clear responsibility to keep that dog under control.
Recently concerned Virginia bicyclists have been putting pressure on law enforcement and dog owners to keep dogs from running loose and keep citizens safe.
Pit bulls, rottweilers, or other breeds with reputations for being aggressive are not the only dangerous dogs. Any dog can be dangerous if it is out of control.
When you contact Wayne O’Bryan, he’ll provide you with a copy of his essential book, Hidden Inside Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Your Injury Case. You may also call (800) 222-4189 – 24 hours a day. In his book, Wayne explains how the insurance company will:
- try to blame the accident on you.
- try to keep you from gaining valuable information about your rights.
- string you along for as long as they can – so you will not do the things necessary to protect your legal rights
You need this valuable information before speaking with an insurance adjuster!
Richmond Dog Bite Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or a dog attack injury, please contact Wayne O’Bryan at (800) 222-4189.
Wayne O’Bryan is dedicated to serving his clients. Wayne personally conducts many initial interviews so he knows every client’s situation. He isn’t satisfied until you are, because it’s your life, and it’s your case.
More Dog Bite Resources
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Does homeowner’s insurance cover dog bites?
- Does a homeowner’s policy cover your dog biting another dog?
- What should you do immediately after an animal has bitten or attacked you?
- Dog bite tips
- Virginia Dog Bite Laws
- Homeowner’s insurance and dog bites, an overview.
- Virginia Department of Health Dog Bite Fact Sheet [PDF]
“The rule of thumb in dog bite cases is every dog is entitled to one bite. That goes back thousands of years. The reason for that rule is that the owner of the dog is on notice that he has a dangerous dog on his hands. One of the ways that he could learn that he has a dangerous dog is if the dog gets its first bite, but after that first bite the owner is on notice. That rule has been somewhat modified. The owner can be aware of dangerous proclivities of the dog from other sources other than the first bite.”