Summer is just around the corner, and that means people will be spending more time outdoors with their dogs. It’s been awhile since we’ve come across any news about dog bites in the Richmond, Virginia area, which is a good thing!
National Dog Bite Prevention Week was a couple weeks ago, but nonetheless, it’s important any time of the year to raise awareness about dog bite injuries. Proper education and training for dog owners along with advice and tips on how people can avoid being bitten will hopefully help decrease instances of dog bites. There were nearly 33,000 reconstructive procedures on dog bite victims in the United States in 2010, an 8 percent increase from 2009, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
If you are the owner of the dog, you may want to consider a homeowners insurance policy that provides coverage for dog bites. Make sure to review your policy carefully to ensure that you are protected and avoid any policy that does not include it. If your dog has a history of aggression and has been put in quarantine by Animal Control, they may require you to provide proof of insurance showing $100,000 in liability coverage.
In past blog posts, we’ve provided tips for preventing dog bites and offered advice on what to do if you’ve been bitten by a dog. Also, here is more information about dog bite laws in Virginia .
If you are a victim of a dog attack, make sure to contact a Richmond , VA dog bite attorney .
On the best Virginia lawyer website there is a new article discussing Virginia dog bite laws from the Code of Virginia. Check it out and call Wayne at 643-4343 if you have any questions or for a FREE copy of our book Hidden Inside Secrets Big Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Your Injury Claim.
Another tragic death in Virginia last week when a 23-month-old girl was killed by the family’s pet pit-bull dog. The dog had no prior history of biting or bad behavior, and was voluntarily given to animal control officers and euthanized.
Please remember that children should never be around dogs without adult supervision.
If you or your child has experienced a dog bite or animal attack get an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to help you with your case.