New Orleans Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
Being attacked by a dog can be very 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 homeowner insurance. The attorneys of Stephen Rue & Associates Law Firm can explain your legal remedies in a free consultation. We serve the injured in New Orleans and beyond.
'One Free Bite' Is Not The Law Metairie Personal Injury Dog Bite Attorneys
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 Louisiana lawyers know how to document your injuries and secure full compensation, which might include:
- Costs of medical treatment
- Reconstructive surgery
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Nerve damage or physical impairment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lost wages
- Loss of Consortium
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.
Dog Bite Claims Are Insurance Claims
Even if the pet owner is a family member or friend, you should not have to absorb the medical bills or forego other personal injury damages. Compensation for a dog attack is paid from the homeowners insurance policy, not out of that person’s bank account. If you or your child was attacked by a stranger’s dog, we would pursue damages from that party’s personal assets if he or she did not have insurance.