Louisiana Dog Bite Lawyers Fighting for You and Your Loved Ones
The effects of suffering a dog bite injury are traumatic and sometimes permanent. Not only could physical injuries leave you unable to work, but they may cause permanent disfigurement and lifelong scars. While you or your loved one is recovering, you may be unable to work, and the medical and day-to-day bills will continue to pile up.
If you have suffered an animal bite or injury, please call Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers right away and get a free case evaluation. You can fill out our quick form online or call us 24/7 at (866) 897-8495. We develop relationships with people, not clients, and we are ready to go to work for you to get you the help you need to recover.
Steps to Take When Bitten or Injured by a Dog
If you have been bitten by a dog or attacked by another animal, it is important that you seek medical attention right away. Dog bites are known to cause underlying issues such as infections that require immediate treatment.
When an attack occurs, you should:
- Call 911 right away.
- If able, find out the animal owner’s name and contact information.
- Take photos of the animal, the scene where the attack occurred, and your injuries if you can.
- Seek medical attention whether or not you think you are hurt.
- Call Dudley DeBosier – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The dog bite attorneys at Dudley DeBosier will listen, investigate, prepare, and fight for you. Leave the legal side of things to us and focus on you and your loved ones getting back on your feet.
Children Affected by Dog Bites or Attacks
The heartbreaking reality is that most dog attacks involve children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximates that 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States, and nearly 50% of victims are children aged 14 years and younger.
The injuries among children also tend to be more severe and can cause lifetime emotional trauma surrounding animals. Most dogs are great companions – proven to reduce stress and provide emotional support. After an attack, a child can be permanently damaged in a way that causes them to fear all animals. It can require long-term counseling, especially if a child suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following the incident.
Dudley DeBosier understands that children are special cases and we treat these accordingly. Dog bite injuries in children require that future expenses be estimated as well as pain and suffering for the child and the family. Call us 24/7 if your child was injured by an animal attack, we are here to help.
Louisiana Strict Liability Laws for Animal Bites & Injuries
Louisiana law is clear about a pet owner’s liability if his/her animal attacks someone. Although it is referred to as the “dog bite law”, it also includes other animal attacks, such as cats, exotic pets, farm animals, etc.
Other types of injuries caused by animals are a part of this as well. If you are knocked down, scratched, or hurt in any other way by someone else’s pet or animal, you can obtain compensation for those injuries.
There are only two factors that release a pet owner from liability. They are:
- The injured person provoked the animal.
- The injured person was trespassing at the time of the attack.
If those two situations do not apply or can’t be proven, the animal owner is fully responsible for any financial burden or loss incurred by the injured party.
Damages That Can Be Recovered in a Dog Bite Injury
If you or a loved one has been attacked, you are probably wondering what type of damages you can seek. Given that dog bites and other injuries not only cause physical injury but may cause psychological damage as well, you are entitled to seek compensation for:
- Medical treatment, including any surgeries
- Rehabilitation, present and future needs
- Psychological and emotional effects and treatment
- Permanent physical scarring or disfigurement
- Medical equipment, including prosthetics
- Lost wages, earning potential
- Pain and suffering
How Much Will a Dog Bite Attorney Cost?
At Dudley DeBosier, we know how overwhelming it can be to deal with medical bills and lost wages after an accident or dog bite injury. That’s why we’re proud to say you pay us nothing—no fees, costs, or expenses—unless we get you money.
When you hire Dudley DeBosier, you won’t have to worry about paying upfront legal costs or attorney’s fees. We strive to always go the extra mile for all of our clients—regardless of their abilities to pay—in our pursuit of quality service and legal representation.
Experience the Dudley DeBosier Difference
After an injury in Louisiana, don’t settle for anything less than what you deserve. Get the Dudley DeBosier Difference. We’re ready to help you determine the true cost of your injuries, and it’s our goal to help you get every penny you’re owed.