Dog Bite Cases

Charlottesville Dog Bite Attorney

Yvonne T. Griffin
Dog Bite Lawyer

The other side doesn’t want you to win. We do.

Vicious dogs are not the only ones who bite. Sometimes it’s a neighborhood pet. The owners need to pay for your injuries.  Yvonne Griffin, the firm’s personal injury partner, has significant experience handling animal bite cases, including cat and bat bites.

Don’t let anyone bully you into settling for less, put Yvonne and her staff behind you. They know how to fight for your deserved compensation. Free case evaluations available. Please contact us today.


Yvonne’s Staff:

  • Matthew Westmoreland – Personal Injury Attorney
  • Carolin McDonald – Personal Injury Paralegal
  • Rachael Roy – Personal Injury Legal Assistant

Client Reviews:

“I have never seen a lawyer work so hard for her client. I will always go to her, she covers all the bases.”

“We had an hour review with Yvonne and it turned into 2 hours of her helping and getting hands on and at the very end of it all she was to the point and was very honest and making sure we got what was best for us. You are great at what you do and I recommend anyone who wants a honest attorney.”


Case Results – Although the results obtained under one set of circumstances cannot be a predictor of future results, we’ve recovered fees for multiple dog bite clients, including the following:

  • Scottsville, VA Vicious Dog Bite – $150,000
  • Harrisonburg, VA Dog Bite – $50,000

The amount of medical bills incurred and insurance policy limits available will often determine case results.

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Three frequently asked questions about VA dog bite cases:

1.  What should I do to protect evidence in a dog bite case?

  • Be sure to take pictures of your injuries shortly after you are attacked. You also need to take pictures of these injuries 30 days out, 90 days out, and six months out. Many of your wounds will take months to heal. You want to keep a pictorial record that can be used to persuade an adjuster or a jury about the seriousness of your injuries.
  • Make sure to call animal control to report the bite. Not only will they make a record of the events, including important information about the dog and its owner, they will do the investigation necessary to determine if you have been exposed to any diseases for which the dog has not been vaccinated. Animal control is also a valuable witness as to whether or not the dog has bitten before. The information animal control has access to can be invaluable to help win your case.
  • Get the names of any witnesses to the attack. Also, talk to the neighbors of the dog owner. The neighbors may have witnessed the dog attack others or act in a menacing manner. The neighbors also may have heard the dog owner make statements about the dog’s behavior.
  • Ask the dog owner about any insurance, e.g., homeowner’s insurance that will cover the injuries you sustained in the dog attack. Many times, you will find medical expense coverage available in addition to the liability coverage.

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2. How long do I have to file suit for a dog bite?

Generally speaking, the statute of limitations in Virginia for personal injury from legal injury is two years from the date of the accident. For injured persons under the age of 18, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the 18th birthday. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine the statute of limitations in your case. In addition, certain conditions or events may change the length of the statute of limitations; so again, you should contact an attorney about your particular case.

3. What is your fee structure for a personal injury case?

We handle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. We do not get paid a legal fee until you receive a settlement or jury verdict award.


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We have four offices conveniently located in Charlottesville, Palmyra (Across from Food Lion), Harrisonburg, and Staunton, Virginia.

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