How to obtain compensation after a dog bite

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2021 | Dog Bites |

In the state of Louisiana, a dog owner may be liable for damages incurred by a dog bite victim. However, a victim might be responsible for their own bodily injury if they provoked the dog.

Was owner negligence to blame for your injuries?

To obtain compensation, you must show that the events that led to the bite were the result of owner neglect. For instance, you might claim that the dog should have been on a leash while playing outside or while out on a walk. You could also claim that an attack could have been prevented if the animal was in another room while you were inside of the defendant’s home. Finally, you must show that the animal wasn’t provoked into taking an action that led to your injuries.

The state uses a comparative negligence system

In many states, dog owners face strict liability to prevent bites from occurring. However, in Louisiana, the law says that a dog bite victim can also share responsibility for his or her own actions. For instance, if you tried to pet an animal without permission, you might be partially responsible for an attack. If you took action to provoke the animal, you will likely not receive any type of compensation from the dog’s owner.

If you were bit by a dog, it may be possible to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. An attorney may be able to help you receive a favorable settlement or jury award. He or she may do so by introducing evidence such as medical records, witness statements or statements from the dog’s owner. This might be enough to prove that your injuries were the result of the owner’s inability to control his or her animal.