Dog Bite

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.

The “One Bite Rule” and Other Regulations Pertaining to a Dog Bite Injury

by | October 13th, 2014

Each state in the U.S. has its own set of rules to govern what actions should be taken in the event a domesticated pet attacks a person. In Virginia, we have what’s known as the “One Bite Rule.”

One Bite Rule

This particular law states that an animal must have a history of violent or aggressive behavior before the owner can be held responsible for damages the animal inflicts in an attack. There is a loophole in the law that allows for an owner to be held accountable for a first incident of the animal inflicting a dog bite injury if negligence can be established.

What Happens to Dangerous Dogs and Their Owners?

If a dog is shown to have a history of violence, local animal control officials can take it into custody where it can be monitored for signs of disease. Owners of dangerous dogs may also face criminal or civil charges.

A Virginia Beach man has been charged with crimes in relationship to an attack committed by his dog. Reports from WAVY 10 News say the man faces two counts of failure to control a dangerous dog.

Getting Help After a Dog Bite Injury

Knowing the subtleties of the laws surrounding dog bite injuries is an area the Norfolk personal injury lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley are familiar with and we can certainly help you if you’ve been hurt in an attack by canines. Not only can we answer the questions you have regarding your case, we can also help you collect and submit the necessary paperwork for filing a claim.

Call us today at (757) 459-CASH to learn more about what we can do for you.

12-Year-Old Suffers Virginia Dog Bite Injury in Attack by Neighbor’s Pet

by | April 14th, 2014

Dog owners in Virginia have a responsibility to keep their animals restrained at all times in order to protect the public from the risk of an attack that could cause a serious Dog Bite Injury. Failure to meet this requirement by a Portsmouth, Virginia, dog owner has ended with a 12-year-old girl being seriously harmed and requiring extensive medical treatment.

A report from WAVY-TV 10 News explains the victim was sitting on the porch of a Summit Avenue home on Thursday, April 10, when an animal escaped from its home and attacked. The child was taken to the ground by the animal, where she subsequently suffered injuries that would require more than 30 stitches, plastic surgery, and hours of medical care to correct the damage done.

The incident leaves many people wondering what they should do if they find themselves in the presence of an aggressive animal. The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain avoiding eye contact and giving the animal space is the best option; however, every animal and their reactions are different. That is why the firm would add that anyone who is hurt in a dog attack that is the result of the owner’s negligence should discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney immediately.

Norfolk Dog Bite Lawyer Discusses Virginia’s Dangerous Dog Registry

by | January 13th, 2014

January 13, 2014

Each year, an estimated 4.7 million Americans are the victims of dog bites. The Norfolk Dog Bite Lawyers with the law firm of Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain these attacks result in hundreds of thousands of victims seeking medical treatment for the injuries they sustained.

Such numbers have prompted the state of Virginia to evaluate what it can do to reduce the number of canine attacks in the state and many feel the state’s dangerous dog registry is the first great step towards that goal. In an article from The Carroll News, Carroll County Supervisor, Sam Dickinson, stated dogs that attack and injure a person or a companion animal are placed on the list. Owners of animals placed on the list can face increases in homeowner’s insurance rates as well as having to face a requirement to keep the animal muzzled in public.

Carroll County District Attorney, Jim Cornwell, went on to point out animals placed on the list are then divided into two categories, those who are dangerous and those who are vicious. Dogs that are considered to be vicious are terminated immediately, while those considered to be dangerous are allowed to live if owners meet certain standards of care.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley’s team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to better protect the public from dangerous dogs and are hopeful the registry successfully reduces the number of attacks that occur in the state.

Boy Suffers Serious Dog Bite Injuries In Recent Attack

by | September 9th, 2013

September 9, 2013

The Norfolk Dog Bite Lawyer, Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley, explains that injuries suffered from an attack by a canine can often be quite extensive. For instance, take the case of a 5-year-old boy from Chesterfield, Virginia, who was left seriously injured after being bitten by a dog.

According to an article from WTVR 6 News, the incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on the night of Wednesday, August 28, at a residence located on Parkway Lane. Reports indicate the child was in the home with the dog when the animal attacked the boy, leaving him with puncture wounds and lacerations to the head.

Emergency crews rushed the victim to a local hospital for further treatment. Meanwhile, Animal Control was holding the dog responsible for the attack for quarantine.

This type of incident leaves many wondering what they can do to prevent themselves, and their loved ones, from being the victims of an attack.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley’s team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers say one of the best ways to prevent children from being bite victims is by teaching them to never approach or pet strange dogs without permission from the owner. Also, never run or make excessive noise when faced by an aggressive dog. Instead, look down and slowly back away from the animal.

If a person does find themselves the victim of an attacking canine, experts suggest curling into a ball and waiting for the animal to leave before calling for assistance.

Victim Searches for Canine That Caused Virginia Dog Bite Injuries

by | June 24th, 2013

June 24, 2013

Officials from James City County are searching for information on a canine responsible for leaving a man with Virginia Dog Bite Injuries after an attack that occurred last week. Records show the incident occurred on Sunday, June 16, at Windy Mill Mobile Home Park, located at the intersection of Jude Drive and Carol Lane in James City, Virginia.

According to an article by Channel 3 News, the victim was outside their house when a black and tan canine, wearing a blue collar, approached and bit them. Before the dog could be captured and held for animal control officers, it ran away.

Officials hope the public will be able to offer some information on the location of the dog. Otherwise, the victim may need to receive a series of injections to prevent the chances of developing Rabies.

The incident highlights the dangers a dog bite can pose and leaves many citizens wondering what they can do to prevent being bitten.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say a person should never attempt to pet a strange dog without receiving permission from the animal’s owner first. If a person feels a dog is going to attack, they should avoid making eye contact with the animal while slowly backing away.

Virginia Dog Attack Leaves Chesterfield Woman Seriously Injured

by | April 15th, 2013

April 15, 2013

A woman from Chesterfield was hospitalized recently after suffering a Virginia Dog Bite Injury in an attack by a neighbor’s pet. Reports indicate the attack happened on the afternoon of March 20 at a residence located on the 9000 block of Husting Court.

The victim stated she was simply delivering a notice letter to a neighbor’s home when the animal leapt over a five foot high fence and latched onto her arm. She went on to explain the dog began to shake its head violently, tearing her fleshing and leaving gaping lacerations in the victims arm.

NBC 12 News stated the victim freed herself and got to safety before paramedics rushed her to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery and testing.

When asked about the incident, the owner of the animal acknowledged the canine’s dangerous temperament, but stated he had “Beware of Dog” sign posted. The owner also stated the dog had bitten before, but the case was dismissed because the sign was posted.

Experts say having such a sign may not necessarily take liability from an owner in the event of an attack though. Experts explain owners of an animal bear the burden of proving they didn’t have knowledge the animal presented a danger.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley may be able to help if you have been hurt in a dog attack that occurred at no fault of your own.