If protecting your legal rights is important, you should contact our Louisiana dog bite lawyers when you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack incident.
The dog attack lawyers in our law firm are experts when it comes to handling dog bite lawsuits and they are fully equipped to handle your legal needs.
The attorneys in our firm have recovered millions for past clients. Insurance companies and more importantly defense attorneys the insurance companies hire know we don’t take no for an answer! This is precisely why so many people come to our law firm when they need a lawyer that handles dog bite cases. We understand the psychological trauma that our clients suffer after a dog bite attack. You can rest assured that our law firm will fight tirelessly to get you the compensation that you deserve for your pain and suffering damages resulting from your dog attack.
In the United States, dogs bite about 5 million people each year, and approximately 368,000 victims are brought to the hospital because of dog bites and attacks. Thankfully, most dog bite injuries are not fatal, although around 60% of all victims of dog bites are children.
It can be extremely frightening and traumatic to be a victim of a dog bite, no matter how old you are. One dog bite is enough to sustain severe, long-lasting scars, injuries, and disabilities.
In Louisiana, dog owners are responsible for keeping their dogs restrained, especially if they appear to pose danger to others. Should a dog owner fail to properly restrain a dog and the dog, therefore, bites a human, then the victim should immediately consult with a Louisiana dog bite lawyer to discuss his or her legal rights.
A severe dog bite can be rather pricey for the victim. According to insurance estimates, dog bites can cost their victims approximately $1 to $2 billion each year. Expenses do just medical treatment can quickly add up.
Louisiana’s dog bite statute appears in section 2321 of the Louisiana Civil Code. It states that the owner of a dog or other animal is liable for damages if:
• the owner knew or should have known the animal’s behavior would cause damage,
• the damage could have been prevented by taking reasonable care,
• the owner failed to take reasonable care to prevent the damage, and
• the injured person did not provoke the animal.
Louisiana’s statute covers not only injuries caused by animal bites, but also injuries caused by other animal behavior. For instance, suppose that a person is working in his front yard when the neighbor’s dog runs over, leaps on him, and knocks him down, causing injury. The injured person may seek damages under Louisiana’s dog bite statute, even though the injury was not caused by a bite. Likewise, a person who is severely scratched by a cat or trampled by a horse may seek damages from the owner of the animal, whether or not the animal also bit the person.
Should a victim be able to prove the abovementioned factors, he or she may be entitled to receive financial damages from the dog owner. The damages usually include compensation for the victim’s past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, medical monitoring, lifetime care costs, and loss of enjoyment of life.
In certain situations, a dog bite victim may also be entitled to punitive damages.
If you are a victim of a dog bite, you should immediately seek the advice of a competent dog bite attorney that handles dog bite litigation claims in Louisiana. Our team of attorneys is highly skilled and experienced when it comes to dealing with personal injury cases, including dog bites. If you wish to discuss your options and legal rights, call any of our Louisiana dog bite lawyers for a free and confidential consultation and case evaluation.
Our dog bite accident attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your case. Call our toll free number at (877) 927-5540 or complete the free case evaluation on this page. We look forward to fighting for you.
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