The results of a canine attack aren’t just physically damaging, they’re also often emotionally traumatizing. It’s possible to hold the animal’s owner liable for both, and a Baton Rouge dog bite lawyer can help you do exactly that.
While most canines are friendly, dog attacks can and do happen on a regular basis. The injuries that result from being mauled by a dog can be horrific—sometimes even resulting in permanent disfigurement or disabilities. When this occurs, the animal’s owner should be held accountable for what the dog has done, but this is sometimes easier said than done.
A Baton Rouge dog bite lawyer from Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers can help you get the settlement you deserve for the canine attack that injured you. Whether the dog was large or small, we can help you prove what happened and ensure that your case is treated fairly.
Dog Attack Laws in Louisiana
Louisiana is essentially what is known as a “strict liability” state when it comes to canine attacks. This means that as long as you didn’t provoke the dog and were legally allowed to be on the premises where the attack took place, the dog’s owner is financially liable for your injuries and damages.
What’s more, this law doesn’t just apply to dog bites; it also applies to any injury or property damage caused by a canine. This means that if a dog jumped on you and knocked you over, the owner would be liable for any injuries caused, such as a broken bone or concussion. Owners are responsible for their pets, so when they aren’t controlled, the owner is on the hook for any negative consequences.
Your personal injury claim will need to account for all of the injuries caused by the dog attack, as well as the losses and expenses that result from them. Aside from the physical damage caused by a dog bite, you might also experience a substantial amount of emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety related to canines and other animals.
Mental trauma is especially likely when the victim is a child, which happens to be the age group most likely to be mauled or hurt by a dog. If your child was harmed, you’ll be able to seek compensation on his or her behalf as long as you have parental rights.
A Baton Rouge dog bite lawyer from our firm will know how to translate your injury and its repercussions into financial terms, allowing you to get the settlement you need to pay for your recovery. These are just a few of the wounds most commonly associated with dog attacks:
Lacerations and punctures, often to the face and hands
Amputations, especially when a child is the victim
While dog bite claims don’t always involve insurance companies (unlike car accidents), you’ll still most likely be up against an opposing attorney representing the canine’s owner. By retaining a Baton Rouge dog bite lawyer from our firm, you’ll be able to seek compensation while on equal footing.
Not only will we handle all of the negotiations on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery, we’ll also fully assess your claim’s value so that you’ll know if any offer you received is fair and comprehensive.
The payout that you are ultimately awarded will need to factor in all of your financial and non-economic losses, as well as your future needs. Listed below are some of the items that you’ll be able to seek compensation for when they’re applicable to your case:
Medical expenses for treatments, medication, and checkups
Emotional and physical therapy
Mobility equipment and prosthetics
Lost wages and income, as well as reduced earning potential
Permanent scarring and disfigurement
Pain and suffering
Decreased overall quality of life
Help from a Baton Rouge Canine Attack Attorney
Whether you were mauled by a dog or injured via being knocked over, you have the option to seek monetary compensation from the animal’s owner. Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers is well-versed in personal injury law, and we can maximize your potential compensation so that you don’t have to worry about inadvertently accepting an inadequate settlement amount.
If you would like to arrange a time to discuss your case with a capable Baton Rouge dog bite lawyer, contact our office by completing the form below or by calling 225-387-2323. We’ve helped people from all over Louisiana get the funds they need to pay for their recovery, and we can help you, too.