Dog Bite

Dog Bites Can Cause Disabling and Even Life-Threatening Injuries

by Staff Blogger | October 8th, 2018

Were you or someone you love bitten by a dog? If so, you may be suffering from injuries that can affect you for the rest of your life. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk dog bite attorneys believe that people who are hurt because of negligence dog owners deserve to be compensated for their injuries and the complications associated with them.

We know that many dog bite victims are reluctant to file claims against dog owners—even when those owners failed to leash or enclose their pets. But no matter how friendly or docile dogs act around their owners or others, all dogs have the potential to suddenly lash out aggressively and bite. That’s why local ordinances in Norfolk and throughout Virginia require that dogs be restrained and not allowed to freely roam or approach other people.

In our years of assisting dog bite victims, we’ve found that the consequences of dog bites can be profound and even fatal in some cases. That’s because dog bites can cause a variety of complications, including:

  • Nerve damage—Dogs have sharp teeth that are capable of tearing skin, muscle, tissue, and ligaments. That can result in serious damage and even disability, especially when the bite affects nerves. Victims may require surgery after bites, and they may never regain full function or feeling in the affected areas.
  • Infection—Dogs’ mouths are full of bacteria. When they bite, their sharp teeth can plunge millions of microbes deep into tissue and the bloodstreams of victims. Infections resulting from dog bites often start out localized to the bite area, but they can quickly spread throughout the body, putting victims’ lives at risk.

Get the legal representation you deserve after a dog bite. Call us today for a free consultation.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer after a Dog Bite Injury?

by Staff Blogger | June 25th, 2018

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that many dog bite victims are hesitant to pursue injury claims after being hurt by other people’s animals.

In many cases, victims may not believe their injuries are serious enough to warrant filing claims for compensation, while others may not want to press the matter—especially if they know the owner of the dog that bit them.

But dog bite injuries can be serious, even if they don’t appear that way in the hours or days after they occur. It’s common for dog bites to cause infections and damage to nerve and tendons, and the complications can cause victims to become permanently disabled.

Having an experienced Norfolk dog bite lawyer on your side from day one can protect your rights. When you contact us, you can count on our legal team to:

  • Prove that the dog that bit you wasn’t properly restrained—Virginia’s dog ordinances require that dogs be properly restrained or leashed when they’re in public or in areas where they could pose threats to others. We can investigate the attack and collect evidence that proves the dog’s owner failed to abide by city or local ordinances.
  • Prove that the bite caused your injuries—Proving that a dog wasn’t enclosed or leashed isn’t always enough to get a favorable outcome—insurance companies also want proof that the dog bite caused severe pain, suffering, or disability. We’ll use medical records and even expert testimony to conclusively link your injuries to the bite.

The longer you wait to get an attorney on your side, the more difficult it may be to find crucial evidence. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Steps to Take after a Dog Bite Injury

by Staff Blogger | April 9th, 2018

Dog bites have the potential to cause severe, disabling, and even life-threatening complications in victims. That’s why it’s important to take every dog bite seriously, whether it results in a seemingly minor cut or laceration or a deep puncture wound or contusion.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk dog bite lawyer knows that most canines are harmless and friendly. But dogs can bite without warning—including dogs that have no history of aggression. Many dog bite victims are in shock after being bitten, and they may delay taking the necessary steps for protecting their health and their rights to compensation.

Take these three important steps after a dog bite:

  1. Get medical treatment – Dog bites can cause serious bleeding and put victims at risk of infection and nerve damage. In some cases, dogs may even carry deadly diseases like rabies. Getting treated right away protects your health and creates a record of your injury.
  2. Get contact information from the owner of the dog that bit you – To pursue a dog bite claim, you must be able to locate the dog’s owner. You may be able to get contact information from the owner himself or from witnesses who saw the bite occur.
  3. Get a lawyer – The sooner you have a law firm working on your case, the better your chances will be of getting maximum compensation. The insurance company may begin working on its defense immediately, and having a lawyer on day one can help tip the scales in your favor.

Don’t let your rights go unprotected. Call us today for a free consultation from an experienced lawyer who knows dog bite laws in Virginia.

Compensation for Dog Bite Victims

by Staff Blogger | December 11th, 2017

To many people, dogs are members of the family. We have them in our homes, and we see them in public spaces, too. But no matter how well-trained and docile a dog acts, it still has the capacity to cause serious harm if it attacks.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that dog bites often happen when people least expect them—including both victims and dog owners. Dogs with no history of biting or aggression can suddenly lash out, even without provocation. Dog bite victims can suffer debilitating and even disabling injuries that may result in severe bleeding, infection, and nerve damage.

Our Norfolk dog bite lawyers know how serious dog bite injuries can be. That’s why we fight to help victims get compensation for things like:

  • Medical bills – Dog bite victims often require stitches and intensive wound care, while some may even need surgery to clear out infection and repair nerve damage.
  • Lost wages – Many dog bites occur on the legs, arms, and hands. When those parts of a person’s body become damaged or disabled, it can affect their ability to work, leaving them without the income they rely on to support themselves and their families.

We know the ins-and-outs of dog bite laws and local ordinances throughout Virginia concerning leashes, enclosures, and other guidelines for dogs on private and public property. Don’t suffer alone after a dog bite injury. Get the help you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Dog Bites Can Be Serious Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2017

Dogs are man’s best friend, but they can still bite on occasion. That’s why dog owners are required to keep them on leashes on public property. No matter type of breed, all dogs have the potential to cause bite victims to suffer painful injuries that can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve assisted dog bite victims who experienced the following side effects and symptoms:

  • Muscle, tendon, and nerve damage – Dogs have long, sharp teeth that can piece deeply into the skin, putting delicate muscle tissue, tendons, and nerves at risk of being damaged or destroyed. These complications can make it difficult or even impossible for some victims to go back to work, putting their careers and livelihoods in jeopardy.
  • Systemic infection – Every animal’s mouth contains a huge variety of bacteria—some of which can be dangerous if introduced into the bloodstream. Dog bite victims who are suffering from bite-induced infections may experience symptoms that include swollen lymph nodes, fever or chills, night sweats, fatigue, and even difficulty breathing. Victims who experience these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

Were you or a loved one injured by a dog that wasn’t properly restrained by its owner? If so, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. An experienced Norfolk dog bite lawyer at Lowell Stanley knows the state’s laws on leash and enclosure requirements, and our law firm wants to maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve. Our consultations are free, and we’re here to help. Contact us today.

5-Year-Old Girl Suffers Dog Bite Injuries in Chesapeake Attack

by | December 14th, 2015

The force of a dog’s bite is immense. Estimates show that when a canine’s jaws lock, more than 300 pounds of pressure per square inch can be applied.

With numbers like these, it comes as no surprise that a dog’s bite can inflict serious injuries. An incident in which a 5-year-old girl sustained life-threatening dog bite injuries over the weekend brings this likelihood into perspective.

Reports from WAVY 10 News say the attack happened on Sunday, Dec. 13, at a home on the 500 block of Margaret Drive in Chesapeake, Virginia. Witnesses say the victim was visiting family friends and playing with the two dogs outside. For unknown reasons, one of the animals turned on the young girl and bit her neck, causing lacerations and puncture wounds. The bite required the victim to be transported from the scene via helicopter for treatment at a local hospital.

The two dogs involved are being quarantined to ensure they are not carrying any infectious diseases.

Recovering from a dog bite wound can be a long and difficult process, which is why the Norfolk personal injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers would like to wish the young girl who was injured a full and speedy recovery.

Virginia Girl Suffers Serious Dog Bite Injury In Attack

by | August 25th, 2015

From bite wounds to the chances of disease, there are many risks involved with being the victim of a dog attack. Our Norfolk personal injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers explain one young Virginia girl has come face to face with both of these dangers after being bitten by a dog.

Reports from WAVY-TV 10 News indicate the incident occurred on Wednesday, August 19, at around 5 p.m. on Algonquin Trail in James City County. Records show the dog was running loose when the animal and victim came in contact. The 11-year-old girl was bitten on both arms and was also potentially exposed to the rabies virus, due to the fact the animal had not received the required vaccinations.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment while the dog was taken into James City County Animal Control custody for a quarantine period.

An attack like this can cause the victim to suffer numerous damages. That’s why Virginia dog bite laws allow the victim of a canine attack to collect compensation from the animal’s owner if the animal has a history of viciousness or negligence on the part of the owner can be established.

Providing evidence to support either type of case can be complicated though. It can be a huge benefit to have legal representation by your side through each step of the legal process. An experienced lawyer can provide you with guidance on how to file a dog bite injury claim and navigate the required legal proceedings.

Norfolk Dog Bite Injury Attorneys Discuss National Dog Bite Prevention Week

by | May 18th, 2015

Did you know that in the United States, dogs bite more than 4.5 million people each year? That’s a scary thought! Our Norfolk dog bite injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers point out that an even scarier thought is the fact that more than half of those victims are children.

To help reduce the number of dog bite injuries and fatalities that occur each year, May 17-23 has been declared National Dog Bite Prevention Week. As part of the campaign, several organizations are making efforts to raise awareness about the risks dog bite injuries can pose, as well as educate the public about what they can do to reduce the chances of becoming a dog bite victim.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is doing its part to teach children about the proper way to approach a dog by releasing a series of videos on their YouTube channel. Each of the videos features Jimmy the Dog covering different topics of dog safety, such as the importance of not teasing or scaring a dog, as well as how to recognize an aggressive canine. It’s important to check back to the AVMA’s channel regularly as well, as a new video will be released each day this week.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we understand the impact a dog bite injury can have and our Norfolk personal injury lawyers are hopeful you can utilize these tools to help reduce you and your loved ones’ chances of becoming dog bite injury victims.

4 Norfolk Residents Suffer a Dog Bite Injury During Attack

by | April 13th, 2015

Estimates from the American Veterinary Medical Association show that each year, as many as 4.5 million Americans will suffer a dog bite injury. More than one-third of those victims are children, considering approximately 360,000 people between the ages of 5 and 9 years old are treated each year for injuries sustained in a canine attack.

To bring into perspective the serious damage that can be done when a dog bites, lets look at an incident that occurred just a few weeks ago here in Norfolk that left several children and adults each suffering a dog bite injury. According to ABC 13 News, the attack happened on Monday, March 30, at approximately 7:35 P.M. on Johnstons Road.

Reports indicate one of the victims said he heard children screaming and ran to the scene. When he arrived, he found five children on the ground with each having suffered a dog bite injury from one of three canines that were in the area. The dogs then turned on the man as well, biting his abdomen and lunging for his neck. He was able to fight the animals off until emergency crews could respond.

Two children and two adults required medical treatment at a local hospital. Meanwhile, the owner of the dogs apologized and stated the animals had escaped from the backyard of the home.

If you or a loved one have suffered a dog bite injury, it’s crucial that you not hesitate to seek legal counsel to discuss your rights. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our team of Norfolk personal injury attorneys are standing by to answer the questions you have regarding your injuries. Give us a call at (757) 459-CASH to discuss your case.

“Unreasonable” Use of Police Force Causes Norfolk Dog Bite Injury

by | February 2nd, 2015

Police dogs can be crucial to the completion of an officer’s investigation or apprehending a suspect, but they must be used under tight control in order to prevent a dog bite injury from being inflicted on a helpless victim. In fact, a complaint has been filed against an officer with the Norfolk Police Department after his canine inflicted a serious dog bite injury to a young woman’s leg. The incident has been ruled an “unreasonable” use of force.

According to an article from The Virginian-Pilot, the victim was leaving a party on Godfrey Avenue at around 2 A.M. after a fight had broken out on the front lawn of the home. As the victim was leaving with her father and two friends, officers approached and attempted to stop the party to discuss the incident. The victim told officers she didn’t know what happened and attempted to walk away. Officers then released a canine unit onto the victim and the animal bit her leg until she was arrested.

The victim required more than 40 stitches to close the wound and will require plastic surgery to repair the damage that was done.

Since the incident occurred, the Chief of Police stated the officer’s use of force was “unreasonable.” Furthermore, the officer has been placed on administrative duty.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen just how devastating a dog bite injury can be. That’s why our Norfolk personal injury lawyers would like to wish the woman who was recently injured a full and speedy recovery from her wounds.