Severe dog bites are tragic and have devastating consequences. Often, children are the victims, and they can experience horrific injuries when attacked by a dog, including disfiguration and permanent disability. The elderly are also similarly vulnerable when it comes to dog attacks, and many find it hard to get away or stop a biting dog once an attack starts.
If you have suffered injuries by an aggressive dog, or are the parent or family member of someone who has, you know what a catastrophic experience it is. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants you to know that there is help. Our team of personal injury attorneys can help you fight for the justice you deserve so you can focus on yourself and your recovery. We offer free, no-commitment consultations at (800) 816-0755, so give us a call today.
We care about your family and our goal is to help you heal. The last thing we want to do is add to the burden you are already shouldering, so Pintas & Mullins Law Firm charges nothing upfront. In fact, we charge you nothing unless we win for you, so call us today to learn more about what a Louisiana dog bite lawyer can do for you.
Dog Bite Liability
Each state is different when it comes to dog bite liability laws. In Louisiana, there is a “damage caused by animals” statute, Louisiana Civil Code (LCCO) §2321, which states that “…the owner of a dog is strictly liable for damages for injuries to persons or property caused by the dog…which the owner could have prevented and which did not result from the injured person’s provocation of the dog.”
Therefore, if an attacked victim did nothing to provoke the incident, and the dog’s owner did not make an effort to prevent the attack, the dog’s owner is liable for the victim’s injuries.
Keep in mind that you will have to file your lawsuit within a specific time period, known as the statute of limitations. In Louisiana, a dog bite victim has one year to file their personal injury case against the dog’s owner. This is a relatively short statute of limitations, so it might be a good idea to pull together elements of your case as soon as you know you plan to file. Each state is different with regards to civil liability, so it is important to speak to a Louisiana dog bite lawyer about any other Louisiana-specific questions you might have about your case.
After a Dog Bite
If you were not seen in the emergency room immediately after your injury and have still not yet seen a doctor, try to do so. Not only will a doctor perform a medical assessment of the injury itself, but can also check to make sure there are no secondary issues, such as infection or unusual bleeding that could be causing additional complications.
Dogs’ mouths harbor bacteria that is extremely toxic to humans. Some dog bite victims experience extremely severe bacterial infections days after a dog bite. It would be worth having a medical professional complete a thorough exam for any potential infection. This is especially important if it has been days since the bite.
Try to take pictures of your injury, starting as soon as possible after it happens. Continue to take pictures regularly to document the healing process. Even if you believe the injury is healing, consistently take pictures in case of any regression. This will be helpful for medical professionals treating you and for documenting recovery struggles in your legal case.
Speaking to others that were there at the time of the accident is also a good idea. Those witnesses might be able to provide helpful insights into the events surrounding your accident. Write down everything you can remember and details anyone else gives you. This will prevent forgetting information that could be valuable to your case.
When you file a lawsuit, the goal is to receive compensation that will prevent you from incurring further harm. If you were bitten and injured by a dog, you have already experienced the physical and emotional trauma that comes along with a violent, aggressive attack. It is unfair that you experienced that in the first place. It is beyond unjust that you should experience the stress and worry that come along with mounting medical costs and if you have missed work while recovering, diminishing wages.
Your rights entitle you to justice. The law permits you to hold others liable for the harm they cause. You can receive two types of compensation in a dog bite personal injury case: economic and non-economic damages. The economic damages will reimburse you for the costs of medical expenses and lost wages from this accident. The non-economic damages are to compensate for what you have experienced mentally, physically, and emotionally as a result of the entire dilemma. You are entitled to compensation in these circumstances because you need and deserve it. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to fight for you so you can best recover.
We Can Build a Strong Case
Our focus is on you and your recovery, which is why we want to do whatever we can to help make that process faster and easier. Give us a call and let us take the burden of this case off of your shoulders. You do not deserve to have to deal with this. You did not deserve to be injured by a dog then, and you do not deserve to have to fight a legal case now.
When you put your case in our hands, you can focus on you and know that your case is safe. We fight hard for our clients and do not back down from tough cases. We work for justice and do whatever it takes to get what is fair. If we do not receive a just settlement offer, we will take your case to trial and fight for a verdict in your favor. We will not give up on you or your case.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today for Legal Aid
To learn more about how a Louisiana dog bite lawyer can help you build your legal case for justice, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 816-0755. Our consultations are free, and we take no payment upfront to work on your case. We only get paid if you do.