My friend and experienced Richmond injury lawyer Josh Silverman settled a pit bull attack case. His client was bitten by a pit bull at a crowded festival. Plaintiff’s counsel could not find any evidence that the dog had any prior attacks. It is often said in Virginia, "Every dog gets one FREE bite." In other words, if there is no proof of prior bites, attacks, knock-downs or other aggressive behavior, the owners cannot be said to have had "notice" of their dog’s dangerous traits.
In this pit bull attack case, the injured dog attack victim’s lawyer hired a dog trainer with no expert witness litigation experience but great credentials in dog training to review the case. The dog trainer believed that pit bulls can be fine pets, but they need appropriate training. Without training they can react dangerously in “stressful” situations like large crowds. Such an expert can help formulate the appropriate questions to ask about the raising of the dog to help assess the strengths and merits of the dog bite case. Experts do not need court room experience to testify about animal safety at trial. The ABRAMS LANDAU law firm has used investigators to find out whether there were "prior similar incidents," or other bites, attacks, or other aggressive behavior in our Virginia cases, in order to show "notice" to the dog owner such that they can be held responsible in a claim for damages.