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Dog Bite Injury
Claims Lawyer

Dog bites are serious and often traumatic events. The owner’s refusal to take accountability may necessitate legal intervention.

At Crescent City Law, we advocate for dog bite injury claims throughout Louisiana. We will meticulously investigate all the details of the incident and work closely with you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve and feel supported every step of the way. Our experienced team is dedicated and has a strong track record of successfully resolving numerous cases across the state.

Our Dog Bite Injury Claims Services in Louisiana

Dogs are cherished companions, yet their bites can cause severe, life-threatening injuries. If you or a loved one has been affected by a dog bite, securing a seasoned New Orleans dog bite lawyer is crucial for your case.

In a dog bite case, it’s important to note that you typically have just one year from the date of the attack to initiate legal action against the dog’s owner, as outlined in CC §3492.

At Crescent City Law, we recognize the physical and emotional toll that dog bites can have on victims and their families. Though pursuing compensation for a dog bite can be daunting, our dedicated team is ready to advocate for you. You deserve just compensation for your injuries, and we are committed to ensuring you receive it.

Determining Liability in Dog Bites in Louisiana

In Louisiana, dog bite laws permit victims to hold owners accountable if their dog has previously shown aggression. Under the “one-bite rule,” the owner is not liable for the first bite unless they were negligent during the incident.

To establish liability in dog bite cases, it must be shown that the owner did not adequately control the dog, leading to the injury. Specifically, the victim needs to prove:

  • The owner had a duty to prevent the dog from acting dangerously.
  • The owner failed in this duty.
  • This failure directly caused the injuries.

Courts may also look into whether the owner could have anticipated and prevented the attack. If it was foreseeable, the owner was expected to take preventive actions.

Moreover, Louisiana’s strict liability laws mean that for any unprovoked dog bite, you can bring a case against the owner without needing to prove negligence, which often requires less evidence. However, this does not apply if the victim provoked the dog. In such cases, the owner is not liable for the damages.

Who Can Be Liable When a Dog Bites?

In most dog bite cases, the pet owner is held responsible for any injuries the dog causes. However, there are instances where someone else might be liable, such as:

  • A person other than the owner who was taking care of the dog at the time.
  • A professional dog caretaker, including dog walkers, groomers, kennel operators, veterinary technicians, or shelter employees.
  • The dog owner’s landlord, if they knew there was a dangerous dog on the property, failed to take steps to prevent harm to others.

Liability involves figuring out who is responsible for the injuries. A skilled dog bite attorney will analyze the attack to determine fault and assess the victim’s legal options.

Types of Compensation Available for Dog Bite Victims in Louisiana

In Louisiana, a dog bite case is treated under personal injury laws, which allows you to file an insurance claim or sue for compensation covering your expenses and losses, such as the following:

  • Medical Care Expenses
  • Surgery and Scar Treatment
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Lost Wages
  • Permanent Impairments
  • Pain and Suffering.
  • Loss of Consortium

What Our Louisiana Dog Bite Injury Clients Say

Reianna Marsay

Crescent City Law does outstanding work. They got my case dismissed! From start to finish, they kept me well-informed and up-to-date. I felt heard throughout the entire process and they quickly answered any questions I had. John, Lauren, and William, you all are amazing and I can't thank you enough for your compassion and dedication. I recommend them to everyone!

Michele Langston

When I first called Crescent City Law, I was welcomed warmly and everything was explained clearly. Although I provided some input on my motion, it was well received and implemented. I was surprised at how quickly my case was completed. Thank you, John!

K. Linn

John did an amazing job with my case, which was weighing heavily on me. He worked diligently to alleviate my concerns and ultimately secured the deal I was hoping for. I would recommend his firm to any friend or family member!

Alfredo Avila

I was impressed with the professionalism and dedication of this law firm. The team kept me informed and updated throughout the process and went above and beyond to ensure a positive outcome. I highly recommend this law firm for its client-focused approach.

Our New Orleans Dog Bite Injury Case Process

Step 1

Call 504-264-9492 to set up a free initial consultation with our team.

Step 2

We’ll start working with you as soon as possible to understand all the details of your case and develop our legal plan.

Step 3

We’ll fight in court for the justice you deserve.

FAQs About Dog Bite Injury Claims in Louisiana

What should I do immediately after a dog bite in Louisiana?

Seek medical attention immediately for your injuries. Then, report the incident to local authorities, such as animal control or the police. Document everything, including taking photos of your injuries and the location where the incident occurred, and gather contact information from witnesses. Then get in touch with an experienced dog bite attorney.

Who can be held liable in a dog bite case in Louisiana?

Typically, the dog’s owner is liable for injuries caused by their pet. However, liability may also extend to a landlord, a caretaker, or anyone who had control over the dog at the time of the attack, especially if they were aware of the dog’s aggressive tendencies.

Is there a time limit for filing a dog bite lawsuit in Louisiana?

Yes, in Louisiana, you have one year from the date of the dog bite to file a personal injury lawsuit under the state’s statute of limitations. To ensure you work effectively on claims for your injury, partnering with a dog bite lawyer in Louisiana can help you navigate the legal process, meet important deadlines, and enhance your chances of receiving a favorable outcome.

Can I claim compensation if the dog bite was unprovoked?

Yes, you can claim compensation if the bite was unprovoked. Louisiana operates under a strict liability rule, meaning the dog owner may be held responsible regardless of whether the dog has shown aggression in the past.

What types of damages can I recover in a dog bite lawsuit in Louisiana?

You may be eligible to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and future medical treatments related to your injuries. Additionally, if the owner’s negligence was especially severe, you might also receive punitive damages. A dog bite attorney can help you understand and pursue the full range of damages available to you under Louisiana law. Your personal injury attorney will protect your rights and maximize your compensation for the injuries and losses you have suffered due to a dog bite.

Contact Our Louisiana Dog Bite Attorney Today

Our personal injury lawyers at Crescent City Law offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case. We are committed to providing personalized legal guidance and will work tirelessly to pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact our Louisiana dog bite attorneys today to learn how we can help you navigate the complexities of your dog bite claim and support you every step of the way toward recovery.

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