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Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer- What To Do In The Event Of a Dog Bite

Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer- What To Do In The Event Of a Dog Bite

There are over four million dog bites that occur annually, and they can lead to some nasty complications. That’s why it is important to know how to treat dog bites, especially if you have children, since children receive the majority of dog bites.

After a dog bites.

If a dog bite does not break the skin, a simple remedy is to wash the area with soap and water and observe the area for a few days. If signs of irritation or redness occur, seek medical help.

In case of a more serious dog bite.

First, wash the area with soap and water. Make sure the animal is up to date on its vaccinations, including rabies shots. Ask for a tetanus booster, just in case.

For severe dog bites, seek medical attention.

If the wound is severe, go to the hospital for medical treatment. While waiting for help, apply pressure to the womb to prevent excessive bleeding and hold the would above heart level. Dog bites can be serious injuries that require immediate attention.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a dog bite or animal attack, contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC for a free consultation. We will use our experience, knowledge and resources in an effort to achieve fair results for you and your family. Contact us by email, or call us at 571-206-0215 for a free consultation.

Virginia Dog Bite Attorney: A Closer Look At the Rabies Virus

We all love our dogs; that’s just a fact of life. However, that love we have for man’s best friend can make it easy to forget that dogs bite more than 4.7 million Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those victims, 800,000 seek medical attention (half of which are children), and 16 people die.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC handles dog bite injury claims in Virginia and is here to offer some information on a possibly deadly consequence of a dog bite: rabies.

What is rabies?

Rabies is the result of a virus called Lyssavirus rabies that affects the nervous system of the body. It usually enters through a bite from an infected animal (dogs, raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, etc.) and produces swelling in the brain. If the virus goes without swift treatment, it may cause convulsions and respiratory failure before resulting in almost certain death.

What are the symptoms?

Like a common flu, the first symptoms of rabies may include fever, general weakness/ discomfort, or headaches, each of which can last for days, according to the CDC. Itching or prickling at the site of the bite may progress to the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Cerebral dysfunction
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Irregular behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations

After clinical signs of rabies show themselves, the virus is almost 100% fatal and treatment works to support the patient until death.

How is rabies treated?

Rabies is treated with postexposure prophylaxis (PEP), a regime that consists of one dose of immune globulin and four doses of rabies vaccination over a period of 14 days. The dose of immune globulin and the premier dose of rabies vaccine should be provided by your healthcare professional immediately after exposure to the rabies virus. After the first vaccination, doses should be provided on days 3, 7, and 14. The vaccines are injected into the patient’s arm and are generally painless.

Contact a Virginia Dog Bite Attorney

The founding attorney of Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, James (Jim) Parrish, works with Virginia residents who have suffered from dog bites in an effort to win them the fair compensation they deserve. Once on the side of insurance companies, Jim now fights for his fellow citizens with the experience gained from working for the other side. Contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC now and fill out a free case consultation form, or call us at 703-906-4229.

Malicious Prosecution Case Jury Award of $3,000 BUT Lawyer Fees of $300,000

What should have been a simple malicious prosecution case (arising from a dog bite/rabid dog investigation) was transformed into a legal fiasco in Powhatan County, VA after a jury awarded $3,000 to the plainitff, along with over $300,000 in lawyer fees, according to Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

While helping a neighbor set up a new doghouse, Eileen McAfee was bitten by her neighbor’s dog after giving it a dog treat. McAfee was treated at a local hospital and it is reported that she exhibited concern about the possibility of the dog being euthanized in order to conduct a rabies test.

Christine Boczar, the Powhatan County Deputy Sheriff, later arrested McAfee for illegally withholding information about a rabid animal, but the case was subsequently dismissed at trial after the prosecutors presented their case.

McAfee then filed a suit claiming malicious prosecution on the part of Deputy Boczar, in which McAfee won $2,943 after a three-day trial. However, when it came to lawyer fees, McAfee asked for $365,027 with an additional $10,305.51 in costs.

Deputy Boczar, who’s case was being handled by the Virginia Division of Risk Management, refused to settle the case even after the verdict was handed out, leading to a continued battle that increased litigation costs significantly. McAfee’s total legal fees came out to $322,340.50, with the possibility of filing a “fee on fee” petition.

The Virginia Division of Risk Management’s refusal to settle a minor rabid dog malicious prosecution case of around $3,000 and subsequently rack up lawyers’ fees of over $300,000, for which Virginia taxpayers are liable, is irresponsible and borders the absurd. They need to take a good, hard look at how they handle future cases with an eye on the tax dollars they are seemingly willing to wash away into oblivion.

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