Dog bites can leave you in physically and financially ruins

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.

Dog bites can injure normal people in one of many different ways

Brain Injuries

Many call traumatic brain injuries the invisible injury. That is because, often, a mild traumatic brain injury only shows itself after spending some time with the injured person who is capable of carrying on a superficial conversation. Nevertheless, the injury is still severe and you should make sure to find an attorney who has handled these injuries in the past.

Broken Bones

Significant wrecks usually result in broken bones. Broken bones are easily visible on X-Rays but they are not always easily healed. Bones could reform together improperly causing a nonunion or malunion. Sometimes broken bones require hardware to correct and, then, sometimes the hardware has to be removed. These issues are all at play in a personal injury case with a broken bone.

Paralysis or Spine Injuries

Spine injuries range on a spectrum. Some injuries result in paralysis including the loss of use of limbs. Other injuries result in pain, numbness, shooting sensations, extremity pain, etc. While some of these injuries can be treated conservatively with physical therapy or injections, others may be so serious as to require surgery by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. 

Muscle or Ligament Injuries

Not all injuries are broken bones or structural damages. Many times, car wrecks cause injuries to muscles or ligaments that affect the spine or the shoulder or other body parts. These muscle or ligament injuries can sometimes be worse than a broken bone because they can take much longer to heal. Some may never heal. 

Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement

Permanent disfigurement resulting in the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb, or scarring injuries particularly to the face or other commonly visible places are troublesome injuries to live with. Those types of injuries could be cured by plastic surgery and, if so, you must consult with a specialist.

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one to illness is hard; losing a loved one because of another’s actions or inaction is significantly more difficult. Families who have had a loved one murdered, die as a result of a drunk driving accident, or lose their lives in the workplace because of poor safety standards have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit or a claim for death benefits.

If you’ve suffered one of these injuries, you may be wondering

What Damages May I Recover?

– Medical Expense
– Pain and Suffering
– Inconvenience
– Permanent Impairment or Disfigurement
– Lost Wages
– Lost Earning Capacity

Do you have a dog bite case? 

Contacting a personal injury attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia can help you recover financially after a dog bite. Since there is a two-year window for you to be able to file a lawsuit, the sooner you contact an attorney, the better. You have rights under Virginia law and an attorney can help you preserve those rights.