By John Cooper, Virginia Beach Dog Bite Attorney
Two teenagers have been bitten by a dog on a ball field in Virginia Beach, sparking a search for the animal’s owner.
Tonya Borman, a spokeswoman for Virginia Beach police, said the dog was reported running loose on the ball field at First Colonial High School on the morning of March 10.
The dog, a large shaggy grey and white animal that could have been a sheepdog, approached the teens and attacked them, according to police. The victims were bitten on their hands and legs. Police did not say how serious their injuries were. They are seeking information to help them find the owner.
As a Virginia Beach personal injury attorney I hope the victims make a speedy recovery. Dog bites are more common than many people believe in Virginia and elsewhere.
Every day as many as 1,000 people who are attacked by dogs are treated in emergency rooms in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control 4.7 million people are bitten every year. The majority of the victims are children.
When a dog bites someone its owner could be liable for the injuries caused by the animal.
Virginia adheres to the archaic “one bite rule” that means, in theory at least, the owner is not held liable for the first bite.
However, in cases like this where the animal has clearly bitten more than one person, this rule is unlikely to carry much weight. The owner can also be held responsible as negligent if he or she has broken a leash law and the animal is running free.
I hope the owner of this animal can be identified and the dog can be tracked down before it bites somebody else.
The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice cases.
John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.
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