New Orleans Dog Bite Lawyers
Dog Bite Claims in Louisiana
According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, each year over 4.5 million individuals are bitten by dogs in the U.S. Many victims end up with serious injuries such as blood loss, disfigurement, internal injuries, and infections. In extreme cases, victims will need extensive reconstruction surgery.
On top of the physical injuries, dog bite victims often deal with severe psychological trauma and require ongoing psychological treatment. For many victims, life will never be the same. If you have been injured by a dog, speak with our New Orleans dog bite attorney.
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What to Do After a Dog Bite
After a dog bite injury, it is important that you do the following:
- Check yourself for any injuries (if you or someone else is injured, call an ambulance immediately)
- Contact the police
- Collect information - get the dog owner's contact information, witness contact information, and take photographs
- Seek medical attention
- Contact a personal injury lawyer at our firm
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Louisiana Dog Bite Laws – Who Is Liable?
In Louisiana, the state applies a strict liability statute when it comes to dog bite injuries. This means that dog owners can be held liable for any injuries caused by their dogs, even if the animal had no history of aggression. Dog owners will no longer get a “free pass” for the dog’s first bite.
Dog owners can be held liable for damages in the following examples:
- The owner failed to restrain their dog or use a leash, and the animal attacked someone
- The dog bit or scratched a person
- The dog knocked over a person and that person suffered injuries from the fall
As long as the victim was not provoking the dog or trespassing, victims are eligible to pursue compensation from the liable party.
Compensation for Dog Bite Victims
Dog bite injuries can have long-lasting effects on a victim’s health and life. Children in particular are vulnerable to dog attacks and can suffer permanent scarring and extreme psychological trauma. You must work with an attorney who understands the complexity of dog bite injuries and the emotional and psychological impact they can have on victims.
Dog bite victims can seek compensation for:
- Medical treatment, surgeries, rehabilitation
- Permanent disfigurement and scarring
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological trauma
Our New Orleans dog bite lawyers can review your unique case and help you explore your available sources of compensation, whether it is from the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance coverage, renter’s insurance, or another source.
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