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Liability for Dog Bites in West Virginia

Most U.S. states hold dog owners strictly liable for dog bite injuries. This applies regardless of an owner’s knowledge of a dog’s violent nature or actions were taken by an owner to prevent the incident. However, as we explain below, West Virginia only applies this standard in certain types of situations. In this article, we discuss liability for dog bites in West Virginia. 

Common Dog Bite Injuries 

When dogs attack, serious injuries are common. In fact, some dog bites can result in permanent scarring or tissue damage. Common dog bite injuries include:

  • Head and Neck Injuries
  • Face Injuries
  • Puncture wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Scars
  • Nerve Damage
  • Emotional Effects
  • Rabies

West Virginia’s Legal Standard for Dog Bites 

When a person in West Virginia allows his or her dog to roam free, and the dog subsequently bites someone, the owner is strictly liable for any resulting injuries. In all other dog bite cases, however, the injured party must prove that the dog owner knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous. One way to demonstrate this is to provide evidence that the dog has bitten someone before. In most cases, if a dog has bitten someone in the past, the court will consider its owner as having been aware of the dog’s violent nature. However, there are also other ways to prove this, such as providing evidence that a dog has growled or bared its teeth at people in the past.

Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bite victims in West Virginia may be eligible for financial compensation for their injuries. Unfortunately, however, dog owners don’t often go down without a fight. For example, in a dog bite case, a dog owner may assert that another person allowed the animal to run at large, thereby hurting a dog bite victim’s chances of succeeding under a theory of strict liability. Luckily, though, experienced personal injury attorneys encounter these types of arguments regularly, and they are well prepared to aggressively pursue compensation on behalf of their injured clients. Therefore, if you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible for assistance. 

West Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys 

If you’ve been harmed by a dog in West Virginia, you need an experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney in your corner. An experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney will ensure that your rights are protected and will take the steps necessary to ensure that you receive just compensation for your dog bite injuries. At Hewitt & Salvatore, our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will vigorously pursue financial compensation on your behalf, doing everything in our power to help you obtain what is rightfully yours. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.