Virginia has what is known as a “one bite” rule that applies not only to dog bites but to other instances such as when a dog knocks someone down when they jump on them and cause injuries. Owners have a “duty of care” which means they must ensure their dog is leashed and is not a danger to people or pets. However, since there is a duty of care, the owner of an unleashed dog who bites you or your child, may still be responsible even if the dog has never bitten anyone before.
Nearly all victims of dog bites and attacks are children. Because of this, the injuries can be very serious, particularly for small children; they often are too small to fight back against an aggressive dog. If your child was injured by an aggressive dog and you believe the owner knew the dog could be dangerous, you should consider speaking with a personal injury attorney about what options you may have to hold the owner accountable.
Whether you are a victim of poor medical care, a drunk driver, or a defective product, you should contact Osterbind Law, PLLC immediately. We have extensive experience dealing with these complex cases and can help you get full and fair compensation for your injuries.