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Actions to take after a dog bite in Virginia

One of the most common types of minor injuries in America today is being bitten or attacked by a dog. This can be a dangerous and also a traumatic experience, that can ultimately lead to scars, medical problems and conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Although many victims of dog attacks experience a moral dilemma as to whether to file a claim against a person who might be their friend or acquaintance, it is important for victims to know their rights and what they are entitled to as a victim.

The first response to a dog attack

It goes without saying that the very first priority after a dog bite or animal attack is to make sure that you are safe. It is advisable to seek medical attention immediately even if the injury is a minor one, since you need to make sure that you are not at risk for infection or disease.

Determining liability

The owner of the animal in question is, in most instances, the person who should be held liable for the dog bite or attack. He or she has the duty to know whether the dog has violent tendencies and therefore has a responsibility to keep other people safe from the potential dangers. In less common situations, the building owner or landlord can be held liable if the attack occurred in a building.

If you have been the victim of a dog bite, it is important to remember that you have a right to recoup damages for the medical costs incurred and the emotional suffering that you went through.

Source: FindLaw, "Dog Bites and Animal Attack Overview," accessed Dec. 15, 2017

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