Most Virginia injury cases have a two year time limit. Some personal injury cases get a longer "statute of limitations." Virginia dog bite lawyer Doug Landau of ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., was contacted by a young man whop was attacked by a neighbor’s dog over 15 years ago ! While most cases that old or "stale" would be dismissed by the Court for having been filed past the time limit ("statute of limitations"), in cases involving minors under the age of 18, the law gives additional time to claims on behalf of children. Often, injured children in Virginia are given until their 18th birthday, and then the regular 2 year time limit begins to run. This young man was advised to wait by family members. He endured a difficult time in school because of his facial scarring and head injuries, and his doctor had retired and moved away. Defendant neighbors had also left the area years ago. The Defendants’ dog had long since died. Any witnesses that may have been helpful in this case could no longer be found. The injured dog attack victim’s original lawyer also had passed away.
So, while his claim was still within the legal time limits, his case would be impossible to prove at this very late date. Plus, the time limit for collecting any medical payments had expired over a dozen years ago. On these facts, we sadly had to tell this injured and permanently scarred young man that we would not be able to represent him. Had he (or his parents) contacted us a dozen years ago, or more, then we would likely have given him a different answer. But sometimes potential clients wait until it is too late to practically and effectively pursue their cases for permanent dog bite injury and scarring. Call or e-mail an experienced InjuryBoard dog bite law firm like ABRAMS LANDAU at once, because waiting can ruin your case even if you are within the legal time limits.