Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Serving Clients Throughout Virginia, West Virginia And South Carolina
A dog bite injury could have severe consequences beyond physical damage. An injury can affect many aspects of a victim’s life, causing psychological trauma, reduced earning capacity and other issues.
If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, you could be entitled to recover compensation.
Advocating For Victims
At Headley Ballard LLC, in Pearisburg, Virginia, and Daniel Island in South Carolina, we advocate for the rights of victims injured from dog bite attacks. Our lawyers help them obtain the compensation they need to pay for medical bills and other expenses associated with their injury.
Laws governing dog bites differ in every state. Therefore, it is vital to have an experienced local lawyer on your side who knows them and can help you find the right recourse options for your situation.
Strict Liability In West Virginia
In West Virginia, an individual bitten by a dog might be entitled to compensation if the dog was “running at large.”
This means that a dog owner could be found liable if they let their dog wander or stroll off their property or premises without restraint and it injured another. Such negligence is known as “strict liability,” meaning that the owner’s defense plays no part in whether they are responsible.
It is essential to discuss your dog bite accident with lawyers knowledgeable in West Virginia laws as soon as possible. This is because there is a 2-year time limit (known as the statute of limitations) to initiate legal proceedings against the dog’s owner.
Virginia And The ‘One Bite’ Rule
When it comes to dog bite lawsuits, Virginia is governed by the “one bite” rule. That is, an owner is liable for the bite injury if they were knowledgeable of the animal’s aggressive nature and the dog had bitten at least one person before you.
Like in West Virginia, a dog bite victim has a period of 2 years to file a lawsuit against the negligent party.
South Carolina Dog Bite Legislation
Every dog owner is expected to exert reasonable care of their dog. In South Carolina, a dog owner will be liable for a dog bite even if the dog’s behavior has not been aggressive in the past. However, a victim must prove that the dog attacked them without any provocation and that the victim was in a public place or at the owner’s property with the owner’s permission.
Individuals injured from a dog bite in South Carolina have 3 years to file a lawsuit after the incident to obtain compensation associated with the injury.
Put Your Case In Experienced And Reliable Hands
At Headley Ballard LLC, our dog bite lawyers have dedicated our careers to personal injury. In fact, many colleagues recognize our capacity and commitment to helping personal injury clients recover and refer their cases to us.
We have helped hundreds of injury clients recover the compensation they deserve. Let us take care of the legal aspects of your case, regardless of its complexity, while you focus on your health, welfare and the future.
Discuss Your Injury. Free Consults.
Discuss your circumstances in detail over a free initial consultation with one of our dog bite attorneys. Call or send us an email via our secure online form.
Serving individuals and families in Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.