Dog Laws In Virginia
In Virginia, a person injured by a dog can recover damages against the dog owner if he/she [the plaintiff] proves the owner’s negligence caused the injury. An exception is when the dog owner violates a local ordinance intended to prevent harm from dogs, in which case proof of negligence is not required.
In Virginia, a landlord may be found liable for injuries caused by a dog owned by their tenant under certain circumstances, if the landlord violates the common law duty of exercising ordinary care to protect other persons from injuries that might be inflicted by his dog.
Damages that can be recovered depend upon the nature and extent of injury, medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earnings capacity, periods of total and/or partial disability, physical pain and mental suffering, disfiguring scarring, permanency of injury, and loss of consortium.
STATUTE OF LIMITATION:
In Virginia, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of injury. This means you must file a lawsuit against the owner/keeper of the dog within that time, or you will be forever time barred from pursuing a case.
Butler v. Frieden, 208 Va. 352 (1967) (describing negligence standard in dog bite cases).
Injured By A Dog?
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MINOR STATUTE OF LIMITATION RULE:
In most states, when a minor is bitten or injured by a dog, the statute of limitation period does not begin to run until the minor reaches the age of 18. Thus, for example, if an 11-year-old child is bitten or injured by a dog in a state that has a 3 year statute of limitation period within which to file a lawsuit, they will have three years from the date they turn 18 years of age, and would thus have to file a lawsuit before they turn 21 years of age. In most instances, however, it is recommended that a parent or guardian bring a claim for a dog bite or injury claim on behalf of a minor child before waiting for the injured child to turn 18.
RECOVERABLE DAMAGES IN GENERAL:
Some states limit the type of damages that a person bitten or injured by a dog can recover. In most states, however, a person who is bitten or injured by a dog can recover damages that include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earnings capacity, physical pain and mental suffering, scarring, permanency of injury, periods of total and/or partial disability and loss of spousal consortium.