From Charlottesville, Virginia

Covering the state of Virginia, Wilson & Hajek, a personal injury law firm, is centrally located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Francis Hajek is an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney and lawyer who provides aggressive representation and personal service to his clients who have suffered injuries. Since 2007, he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Virginia Dog Bite Law

If you have been bitten by a dog in Virginia, your right to be compensated for the injury depends on a lot of factors. One of the more challenging aspects of such a case is the state of Virginia law concerning dog bite injuries. Virginia still follows the old rule that a dog gets "one free bite" unless the owner has knowledge of its vicious propensities, such as a history of prior attacks. Further complicating matters is that Virginia is also one of the few states left that still bars claims if the there is any contributory negligence by the victim, even just one percent.
Fortunately, an experienced lawyer knows to examine local ordinances to determine whether there was a leash law violation. Such a statutory violation can be the difference in a win or a loss. Further, a dog owner has a duty to exercise reasonable care in handling his dog around another person. A thorough investigation of the facts of a dog attack can provide the basis for a claim.
Ideally, Virginia law needs to be changed to eliminate the "one free bite" rule. If someone is the first victim of dog attack, they should have the same rights as the second victim. The burden should be on the owner to control the dog and prevent any attack.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice post, this is my first time visit here and i am glad to know about this. Thanks for this beautiful sharing. Report the accident to the police as soon as possible. It is advisable to obtain a copy of this report.