What To Do When Injury Happens
If you or a loved one is a victim of a dog attack, get medical treatment right away. This will help with the recovery period and also create an essential record of the incident. Contact the police or call the animal control officers at the Animal Control and Rescue Center (ACRC) in Baton Rouge to report the bite. The staff at ACRC respond quickly and courteously to dog bite situations. The police or animal control officer will seize the dog that has inflicted bodily injury or killed someone to hold it pending a hearing on whether the dog should be humanely euthanized.
The next step is to contact Joubert Law Firm, APLC. Our personal injury attorneys will protect your legal rights and explain your legal options. Louisiana’s dog bite laws are complex. While the dog’s owner can be held strictly liable for your injuries, you will have to prove that the owner could have prevented the bite and that the dog was not being provoked before the bite.
Strict liability for dog bites does not apply when:
- The dog bite victim was found to be assaulting, abusing or teasing the dog before the attack.
- A dog was lawfully in its home, business or car and was protecting its owner’s property from unlawful entry.
- The dog was a state or local police dog in pursuit of potential criminal or detecting criminal activity.
Exceptions may also apply when search and rescue dogs or guide/service dogs are involved. Call 225-424-5399 for compassionate and assertive legal representation.
Dog Owners Are Responsible For The Injuries Their Pets Cause
Louisiana has a broad definition of a dog owner. It includes a person, a business partnership, corporation, and other legal entities sheltering, feeding and caring for a dog. They will be responsible for their dog’s attack and cost of the injuries, including:
- Deep lacerations
- Broken bones
- Loss of use of limbs
- Loss of sight
- Permanent scarring
- Emotional trauma
Dog owners are liable when they do not restrain or properly confine their pets. Evidence of their negligence is challenging to prove in court without the help of a seasoned personal injury lawyer.
Get Sensitive Legal Help After The Emotional Toll Of A Dog Bite
Our personal injury team provides supportive legal representation after difficult injuries occur. Call us in Baton Rouge at 225-424-5399 or email us to learn how we can help you get compensation for your dog bite injuries.