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Can “Beware of Dog” signs affect dog bite liability?

By John Singleton on April 15, 2024

Posting a “Beware of Dog” sign on your property can help deter intruders. Nobody wants to get bitten by a dog, and bad actors will likely think twice before risking an encounter that could cause serious injuries. A less provocative message to ward off prowlers may be “No Trespassing” or simply “Dog on Property.”

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Do dogs that bite people get euthanized in Virginia? And answers to your other most popular questions about dog bite cases in Virginia

By Ken Gibson on November 20, 2022

Dog owners are legally responsible when their dog attacks a person or another animal. In Virginia, irresponsible pet owners can face criminal charges and be held financially liable for damages caused by a violent dog.

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How to keep your kids safe around dogs

By John Singleton on December 15, 2021

A dog can be a great addition to your family, offering a special type of companionship, especially for children. I speak from personal experience! Helping care for a dog can also teach your kids about responsibility. But a dog is not a toy. And no matter how gentle the dog may seem, leaving small children unattended with one is never a good idea.

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What to do when a dog bites your child

By Ken Gibson on October 11, 2021

It’s traumatic for all concerned when a child is bitten by a dog.

Sad Facts:  Any dog will bite under certain circumstances, and all children are vulnerable to serious injuries. Dogs are more likely to attack children than adults, and dog bite injuries tend to be more serious in children. Severe dog bites most frequently involve the head and neck and occur in children younger than five, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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5 myths (and facts) about rabies (and dog bites)

By Ken Gibson on June 30, 2021

When you hear “rabies,” you probably think of an angry, violent coyote foaming at the mouth. While rabies, or rabies lyssavirus, is more common in wild animals, any mammal can catch it, including your neighbor’s friendly dog – or even cat.

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Common dog bite defenses and how to bite back

By John Singleton on October 15, 2020

After a dog bite or attack, the last thing you want to do is fight with an insurance company. You may be in a lot of pain, worrying about rabies, dealing with an injury, or just trying to keep your mind off the traumatic memory.

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When a dog bites in Virginia, should you call a lawyer?

By John Singleton on August 23, 2018

Dogs are “man’s best friend.” Between our team members at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we own a pack of lovable canines.

But we can’t forget that dogs are descendants of wolves, carnivorous predators that roamed Virginia only 100 or so years ago. Because of this ancestry, modern dogs have powerful jaws and sharp teeth that are designed to rip flesh from bone.

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