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Virginia Dog Bite Attorneys

Results-Oriented Representation for Dog Bite Victims in Annandale

A dog attack can happen in an instant. A peaceful walk in the park or a leisurely stroll through your neighborhood may be suddenly interrupted by an enormous, howling animal that attacks without warning. These traumatic events can leave both physical and emotional scars, and in Virginia, pet owners bear legal responsibility for the injuries their animals cause when they knew or should have known about their dog’s violent potential to behave violently.

If you recently suffered injuries in connection with a dog attack, you should not wait to explore your legal options. At Rowe, Weinstein & Sohn, PLLC, our team is prepared to offer you the dedicated and comprehensive representation you need to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. Our Virginia dog bite lawyers are familiar with the intricacies of the state’s laws governing these incidents and will leverage the full extent of our resources in our fight to deliver the best possible outcome.

Schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your dog bite case by calling (301) 450-5742 or contacting us online. You never pay anything to our firm unless we win.

Understanding Virginia’s Dog Bite Laws

Virginia follows a version of the “one-bite rule,” meaning a pet owner is not automatically liable for the violent actions of their pet. Under the one-bite rule, a dog's owner can be held legally liable if the dog has previously demonstrated vicious behavior or has bitten someone before. The one-bite rule assumes that if a dog has bitten once, the owner is aware of the dog's propensity for aggression and should take necessary precautions to prevent future incidents.

However, there are scenarios where the owner might not be held legally responsible even if the dog has a history of violent behavior. The owner may not be if the victim was trespassing, provoking the dog, or engaging in illegal activities at the time of the incident. For example, if the victim appeared to be attacking or about to attack the pet’s owner, and the dog bites the would-be assailant to defend them, the owner may not be liable for the dog’s actions. 

On the other hand, certain types of trespassers who suffer dog bites may still have a case. Young children and other individuals who unknowingly trespass on private property may still be able to take legal action if they are injured by an attacking animal under the one-bite rule. 

Because Virginia is not a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites, the laws surrounding dog bite liability can be confusing. Our Virginia dog bite attorneys can review your circumstances and advise whether you have a strong case. 

Get the powerful advocacy you deserve after suffering dog bite injuries. Call (301) 450-5742 or contact us online today.

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