When it comes to dog bites, Louisiana is a strict liability state. What this means is that an owner is liable if the dog bites someone, regardless of whether or not they had any indication before that the dog was dangerous. This strict liability applies to just about any other dog attack as well; the owner is liable. The owner may not have committed any negligence him or herself. But if the dog belongs to the person you sue, if you did nothing to bring on the attack, and if you had a right to be there, then the owner is liable for any injury you receive. In fact, the dog itself does not have to directly cause the injury. If the dog scares someone off by chasing them into the street, and that person is injured, then the dog (thus dog owner) is held responsible. If the dog owner did in fact act negligently, then you may be able to sue for this negligence.
As with any other personal injury claim, you have difficulty collecting what you need from insurance. With the help of an experienced Shreveport personal injury lawyer, however, you may find yourself recovering the full amount that you deserve for physical as well as emotional suffering, the compensation that you need as you face a growing pile of medical bills.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a dog bite or attack, then you are entitled to compensation. Look to the team of professionals at Morris, Dewett & Savoie, LLC. We have more than 70 years of combined experience, and we are dedicated to ensuring that the every one of our clients receive the legal representation as well as the compensation that they truly deserve. Do not settle for anything less. Contact our firm today!