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Was someone you love attacked by a dog?

Most people think that serious dog attacks are rare, but actually, more than 800,000 people seek medical care for dog bites every year in the United States alone. Sadly, King and Queen County, and surrounding rural areas in Eastern Virginia, are the scene of numerous dog bite attacks each year.

A dog attack typically traumatizes the victim and her loved ones. If someone in your family was seriously harmed by a dog, you naturally want to do everything possible to help him get better.

That’s why, once the victim has received medical attention, you can take steps to hold the dog’s owner accountable for the attack and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorney, we work wisely to protect our neighbors who have been harmed by the careless behavior of others. We can file a claim to help you get the money you need to cover medical expenses and other costs resulting from a dog bite. We have helped numerous people in Eastern Virginia recover from dog attacks, including a recent settlement of $75,000 for a woman whose leg was injured by a dog.

Call us at (804) 413-6777 today to schedule your FREE consultation. We will sit down with you to go over all of your best options, with no obligation.

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After a dog bite: What should I do next?

Apply first aid and get the victim to a doctor right away. A doctor should make sure the wound is treated properly, and that everything else is OK. The victim may have broken bones or nerve and tissue damage that requires additional attention. Follow all the doctor’s instructions and attend all follow-up appointments to make sure the wound is healing properly.

A rabies shot may also be needed if the dog is suspected of having rabies. Make sure your medical care provider files a report with the local animal control agency so that the dog is checked for a rabies vaccination or quarantined. You should also follow up with your local animal control department to make sure a report has been filed and the dog checked.

When you get a chance, write down everything you can remember about the incident — when it happened, where it happened, and exactly what the dog and its owner did. You can also collect contact information from anyone who witnessed the incident and record the scene of the attack using your cell phone camera. This information will help your attorney investigate the dog bite.

Don’t speak with any insurance company agents until you’ve met with a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies seek to pay out as little as possible in claims, and the insurance agent is not your friend. We’ve even had cases in which insurance agents try to get victims to make statements to hurt their claims.

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we know how to deal with the big insurance companies. After all, one of our partners, John Singleton, has worked for large insurance companies, meaning he knows all their tricks and how to respond to them.

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How to get compensation for dog bite injuries

Virginia has complicated dog bite laws, but you can get compensation for your injuries.

Every dog owner is responsible for his dog, and he has an obligation to follow local leash laws, as well as other relevant code. And no matter what you may have heard, you can still get a settlement from the owner, even if your loved one is the first person the dog has bitten.

Your personal injury attorney will conduct a full investigation, interviewing witnesses, reviewing the incident report, and examining photos and any available video. We will also review your medical records so we can submit an accurate claim to the dog owner’s insurance company. This will include the following types of expenses:

  • Emergency room care
  • Ambulance fees (if any)
  • Doctor’s office visits
  • Time missed from work
  • Reconstructive surgery

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What are common dog bite injuries?

The sad fact is that most bite victims are children. And depending on the type and size of the dog, injuries can be severe. These attacks may require extensive medical care and many rounds of plastic surgery to make the scars diminish.

Some of the most common dog bite injuries include:

  • Bleeding
  • Nerve injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Spinal injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Bruising
  • Puncture wounds
  • Fractured bones
  • Internal bleeding

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We’re on your side

You shouldn’t have to pay the medical bills if you were harmed by somebody else’s negligent behavior. At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we consider it a calling to work for people who have been injured through no fault of their own. We bring extreme excellence and compassion to every client.

We work on a contingency basis, meaning that we get paid when you get paid. Call (804) 413-6777 today to set up your free meeting with us. We’ll discuss all of your options, and if we take your case, we’ll offer you our no-fee guarantee.

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Community Service

Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
    GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
  • Annual Coat Drive
    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
  • Hands-on Service
    John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
  • Supporting Local Schools
    The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.