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Dog attack injuries: What's the one-bite rule?

In the state of Virginia, dog owners will only be liable for the injuries caused by their animals if they had reason to believe that their dog was at risk of attacking someone. Under common law, this has grown into the "one-bite" rule, which basically states that dog owners in Virginia are essentially on notice after the first time their dog bites someone. If the dog attacks a second time, then the dog owner will surely be liable.

What is my case if I have slipped and fallen?

When an incident has happened at a private property that is not your own, and you have slipped, tripped and fallen, there may be a premises liability case. It is a property owner's responsibility to ensure that the place is safe for guests, and therefore they are liable if their property is not safe.

What should I do if I’ve been bitten by a dog?

It's very common in America that people are bitten by dogs -- often by those of strangers when out in public. This can be a traumatic and dangerous experience for the victim, and therefore there may be legal rights to recover damages. This blog summarizes the circumstances in which the responsible party might be liable, and what damages the victim may be able to claim.

What are some facts about dog bite liability?

The United States is a nation full of animal lovers. Pets are a large and beloved part of many family units here in Virginia and elsewhere. Most people love their pets as they do other members of their family and take measures to ensure they never harm another person. However, animal attacks—especially dog bites—do happen at an alarmingly frequent rate.

Summer comes with increased injury risks to your children

Warm weather and the end of school typically bring Virginia children outdoors in droves. Like most parents, you probably make sure that your home and your property is safe for your kids. However, your children will likely spend at least some time away from the house this summer. Public parks and pools as well as neighborhood homes attract children, but are these places as safe as you would like?

When are landlords liable for hazardous conditions?

Landlords have a duty to keep the properties they own safe. This includes the common areas that are used by the tenants, guests, and others. When a landlord fails to keep these areas safe, there is a chance that accidents causing injuries might occur. If you were injured on a rental property, whether it is a commercial property or a residential property, you should understand some basic points about landlord liability.

Businesses must plan for rainy day entryways

When it rains or snows, businesses need to make sure that they are taking steps to keep the floors at the entrances dry and safe for people to walk on. This isn't always easy, but it is something that is imperative because slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. Business owners shouldn't claim that they aren't able to keep the floors suitable for walking as there are many ways they can improve traction and minimize the risk of slips.