Virginia dog bite lawyer

What Is Considered Provocation in Dog Bite Cases?

by Staff Blogger | October 19th, 2020

When a dog bites someone, there’s a good chance the victim will be able to file a compensation claim against its owner. Dog bite injury claims are particularly viable if the owner failed to leash their dog or restrain it on private property. That means dog owners who let their pets roam free on trails, greenways, sidewalks, and even in their neighborhoods can be held liable if their bite or attack someone.

However, dog owners often have one major defense against liability when their pets bite: provocation. When it comes to dog bite claims, provocation refers to people acting in a manner around dogs that might entice them to bite. However, many actions that are often considered provocation are not. For example, petting a dog, playing with a dog, or even walking towards a dog should never be considered provocation.

Actual provocation includes actions that are clearly meant to frighten, harm, or startle a dog, including:

  • Hitting a dog
  • Trapping a dog
  • Intentionally stepping on a dog’s tail or feet
  • Pulling on a dog’s tail, ears, or other body parts

Dog owners must assume that others may want to approach and greet their pets. After all, most dogs love meeting new people. So when dog owners and their lawyers claim provocation due to a victim simply being near their dog or acting in a friendly manner towards it, they’re often fighting a losing battle.

If you were bitten by a dog, our Virginia dog bite lawyers can protect your rights, especially if you’re being accused or provocation as a way to avoid paying you a settlement. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Bitten by a Dog? Your Injury May Be Worse Than You Think.

by Staff Blogger | August 10th, 2020

If you or someone you know was recently bitten by a dog, it’s important to not only seek immediate medical attention, but it’s also vital to get immediate legal representation. That’s because dog bites aren’t just initially painful and disabling, but they can also be permanently disabling.

Dog bites are particularly dangerous for two reasons: first, they can cause serious infections. Dogs’ mouths are breeding grounds for bacteria, and when they bite, their sharp teeth can cause huge amounts of that bacteria to be pushed directly into victims’ bloodstreams. That can result in body-wise infections that cause serious complications and even a risk of death.

Second, dog bites are capable of seriously damaging muscle, tendons, nerves, and even bone, depending on the breed and bite force they generate. In addition to serious blood loss, those types of injuries don’t just cause significant pain, but they can also make it difficult to use the affected body part.

For example, people who are bitten on their hands by dogs may have limited or completely lost functionality in their fingers or their entire hands. They may lose grip strength, dexterity, and coordination. That can be disastrous for people who work with their hands or whose jobs require many precise movements throughout the day.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia dog bite lawyers want to ensure that no dog bite victim goes without the legal representation they deserve after an attack. Get in touch with us today if you or a family member was bitten by a dog for a free consultation. It’s our goal to get you maximum compensation for your injuries and expenses.

When Can Dog Owners Be Held Liable after Bites?

by Staff Blogger | March 16th, 2020

Dogs have lived alongside people for millennia. When kept as pets, the vast majority of dogs are loving and gentle animals. But all dogs, regardless of breed, temperament, size, and behavioral history, are capable of attacking and biting—even without provocation. Victims can include their owners, other members of their household, or even complete strangers.

Many dog breeds have powerful jaws and sharp teeth. When they bite, they’re capable of inflicting significant injuries. Victims may suffer everything from severe bleeding and pain to infection and nerve damage. It’s not uncommon for dog bite victims to require hospitalization and to suffer prolonged or even permanent disability in affected limbs or body parts. That means big medical bills and a long time away from work—or even early retirement.

Because of the financial consequences of dog bites, it’s important for victims to be able to pursue compensation. But first, they must prove that the owners of the dogs that bit them were negligent. There are two ways that dog owners are generally considered negligent:

  • They didn’t leash their dogs—When dogs are in public and aren’t leashed or aren’t fully controlled by their owners and they bite or attack someone, their owners can be held liable.
  • They didn’t contain their dogs—On their own property, dog owners are required to ensure that their dogs aren’t allowed to roam freely and potentially bite guests or passersby.

Proving negligence after a dog bite requires experience and knowledge of local ordinances and personal injury law. That’s why it’s important to contact the Virginia dog bite attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers as soon as possible. We’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.