Personal Injury Lawyers
Roanoke & Southwest Virginia

Dog Bite Lawyer in Roanoke

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Dog attacks represent some of the most serious personal injury cases we deal with at Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC, of Virginia. These cases are particularly difficult because they often involve young children who become scarred or disfigured and must cope with long-term psychological injuries. Dog bites might seem minor - until you deal with one on your own.

You might think such cases would be straightforward. Unfortunately, many cases quickly become extremely complicated. Virginia has a "one-bite" rule, which means the dog's owner is only liable for injuries if he knew the dog was dangerous or aggressive. The dog's owner, therefore, may say he didn't know the dog was dangerous to avoid responsibility. The owner also may argue that the person who was attacked was partly or totally to blame (this is known as "contributory negligence.") Making matters worse, Virginia bars any recovery if the injured person is found to be responsible in any way.

Why should I hire Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC, to handle my case?

We know how insurance companies operate after dog attacks. We know they may raise the "contributory negligence" defense or argue the owner had no clue the dog posed a threat. They don't intimidate us. If you are represented by us, we can reach out to experts and investigators necessary to build a compelling case designed to help you obtain compensation.  We are well-versed in Virginia's dog bite laws and will put our experience and resources to work for you. We know how to respond to every legal maneuver and set the agenda ourselves.

Attorney William P. Davis has been practicing law in Virginia since 1999 and has worked on many dog attack cases. Fellow lawyers George "Tripp" Hunt and David B. Hart have spent decades working on similar cases throughout the state. Experience matters when it comes to tackling tough cases.

Established in 1891, the Law Firm of Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC, has long history of helping families in Virginia get the compensation they deserve to cover the true cost of their injuries.
DISCLAIMER: The settlements and verdicts listed here represent a sampling of the case results pursued and won by Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC. Please note that every case is different and these verdicts and settlements, while accurate, do not represent what we may obtain for you in your case. Nor does it mean that we win all of our cases - we don't.

Some of our recent larger case results include a $1.25 million verdict and $450,000 settlement for injury victims.

Give your case the attention it rightfully deserves. Contact us.

We don't take a one-size-fits-all approach toward dog bites. We won't tell you what to do. We'll take the time to learn about your case. We'll listen, answer questions you might have about your attack. You'll ultimately decide what legal strategy we should take. You're in charge.

You have too much riding on the outcome of your case to leave your future to chance. Take back control. Contact us. Call (866) 434-1581 and schedule a free case evaluation. A delay could affect your ability to recover compensation.

Frequently asked questions about dog bites

Are certain dog breeds more dangerous than others?

Any dog can potentially be dangerous. But some dog breeds are historically more dangerous than others. These dangerous dog breeds include:

  • Pit bulls
  • Rottweilers
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • German Shepherds

Whatever type of dog attacked you, contact us. We can work with you and make sure you receive the money you deserve and get the medical attention you need.

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What should I do if a dog bites me?

We strongly urge you to take the following steps if you are attacked by a dog:

  • Seek immediate medical attention - Even if your dog bite seems minor, get medical attention. You should see a doctor or visit an emergency department because the injury may be more serious than you think. Furthermore, if you fail to see a doctor immediately, the insurance company for the owner will make note of this fact and argue that it's evidence that you were not seriously injured. 
  • Call the police - Tell the police or animal control department you have been bitten by a dog and ask them to investigate your attack. The more documentation you have of your dog bite, the better off you will be if you pursue a personal injury claim. 
  • Gather evidence - Evidence builds strong cases. We suggest you (or someone else if you're severely injured) collect the following information : 
    • Dog owner's name, address and phone number
    • Name of the dog and dog's license number
    • Witness statements (also get their names, addresses and phone numbers)
    • Photographs of your dog bite
    • Photographs of the place where your dog attack occurred
    • Write down the following information:
      • Exact time of attack
      • Exact location of attack
      • Whether the dog was fenced in
      • Whether the dog was on a leash
  • Contact us - We have years of experience handling complicated dog bite cases in Virginia. We're on your side. Contact us today. 

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What should I do if a dog bites my child?

Take the same steps listed above. However, your primary focus should be on getting immediate medical care for your child. Take your child to your doctor or an emergency room as soon as possible. Don't wait until the next day. Your child's well-being is critical.

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What should I do if my friend's dog bites me or my child?

Many people are reluctant to take legal action if their friend or neighbor's dog bit them or their children. They're afraid they might lose a friend or alienate a family member. The reality is you don't have to deal directly with them after a dog attack. You deal with their insurance company. Typically, a homeowner insurance policy will cover dog attacks. We are experienced in handling negotiations with insurance companies. Your recovery is difficult enough. Let us take care of the paperwork and back and forth with the insurance company. 

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Should I accept an offer from an insurance company for my dog bite?

Before you say "yes" to any offer, we recommend that you consult with an experienced attorney. Don't rush to accept an offer from the insurance company for your dog bite. You should know the full extent of your attack - and what it will cost your family - before you agree to any financial offer from the insurance company. Most likely, the insurance company isn't offering enough money for your attack. Don't settle for less. Contact us. We can evaluate your claim and help you determine the best way to proceed. 

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Can I negotiate for more money from an insurance company?

Yes. You don't have to accept a low-ball offer from an insurance company. You have the right to demand more money - and we have years of experience doing just that. We know how to take on insurance companies and negotiate for more money for our clients. Your best interests come first with us. 

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Should I file a dog bite lawsuit?

While most dog bite claims end with settlements, litigation is an option, and our attorneys are prepared to take every case we handle to court. We can carefully review all the legal options available to you after your dog bite. In some cases, filing a lawsuit may be the best solution to your legal problems, especially if the insurance company refuses to offer fair compensation for your attack. 

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Why should I hire Roanoke dog bite law firm Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC?

Dog bites often involve complicated legal issues involving a large number of people and companies - the dog owner, the owner's insurance company and attorneys working behind the scenes representing them. The Virginia dog bite law can make it difficult for victims to recover compensation. We are well-versed in the law and will go toe-to-toe against the insurance companies to help our clients get the justice they deserve.

If we take your case, we will fight for every penny you rightfully deserve. This may include more than simply reimbursing you for your medical bills. Depending on the circumstances, this may include lost income, lost future earnings, long-term physical therapy and other legitimate expenses.

Our law firm has more than 100 years of experience standing up for injury victims throughout Virginia. Put our knowledge and experience to work for you. Call (866) 434-1581 and schedule an appointment today. We're here to help you make things right.

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