Being attacked by a dog can be traumatic, and even small dogs can cause serious bite wounds or disfiguring scars. Yet many dog bite victims are reluctant to seek compensation because they do not know their rights or because they don’t want to sue a friend, relative or neighbor.
Dog owners are liable under Louisiana law for any injuries inflicted by their pets. Also, dog bite compensation is typically paid from the pet owner’s homeowners insurance. The New Orleans dog bite attorneys at the Law Office of John W. Redmann, L.L.C., can explain your legal remedies in a free consultation. We handle personal injury cases in New Orleans and beyond.
Louisiana has a strict liability dog bite statute. This means that victims can recover compensation without having to prove that the owner was negligent or that the dog had a history of vicious behavior. Dog owners are responsible for any bite or injury, on or off their property, even if the animal had never attacked before.
However, you should still contact an attorney to protect your interests. The dog owner can claim that the victim was trespassing or that the dog was provoked. Also, our injury attorneys know how to document your injuries and secure full compensation, which might include:
Children are especially vulnerable to serious bites on the face, head and hands and are often traumatized by the experience and become fearful of all dogs.
Even if the pet owner is a family member or friend, you should not have to absorb the medical bills or forgo other personal injury damages. Compensation for a dog attack is paid from homeowners insurance, not out of that person’s bank account. If you or your child was attacked by a stranger’s dog, we will pursue damages from the owner’s personal assets if he or she does not have insurance.
For a free consultation with a New Orleans dog bite injury lawyer, contact us online or call (504) 500-5000 today.
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