If you or your child suffered a dog bite, a Lafayette dog bite lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you protect your rights and fight to hold the responsible parties accountable. Choosing a Lafayette dog bite lawyer from our firm to represent you may help put you on equal footing when negotiating a potential settlement with the dog owner.
A legal counselor can help determine the value of a claim to ensure that whatever offer you receive is fair and just. It is essential that any settlement you accept accounts for all kinds of economic and non-economic losses you suffered or may suffer in the future.
The Compensation You May Receive is Based on the Damages You Suffered
The way our team determines how fair a settlement offer first begins with calculating the total value of your damages. You can receive compensation for multiple types of economic and non-economic losses, which are your financial and non-financial losses, respectively. Your economic losses can be calculated first and may include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Income loss
- Reduced earning potential
- Mileage to go to doctor’s appointments
Next, we can factor in what kinds of non-economic damages you suffered and assign a monetary value to them. These damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Psychological trauma
- Physical disfigurement, such as scarring
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
If you lost a loved one because of a dog attack, we may also include damages related to their wrongful death. These damages can include costs for funeral services, loss of society and companionship, loss of financial support, and pain and suffering experienced by both the victim and their surviving family.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bites lawyer serving Lafayette, call (337) 777-7777
Why You Should Consider Hiring a Dog Bite Lawyer for Your Case
Our legal team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers handles dog bite injury cases. When you work with us, we take care to explain the nature of your case, including:
- Which laws might affect your case
- Who might be held liable for your damages
- How long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit about your dog bite injuries
Dog owners are liable for any damages their pet causes with the stipulation that they knew or should have known that their dog would cause harm. If the owner could have prevented injury and harm by exercising reasonable care, and the dog was not provoked to bite or cause injury, the owner may be found liable for the victim’s damages.
For example, suppose that an individual is at a dog park and is suddenly attacked by another dog there. The victim and their Iberia Parish dog bite attorney could argue that the dog’s owner was negligent for not leashing the dog or for even bringing it to the park, to begin with.
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File Your Claim Within the State Deadline
Healing from a dog bite injury can potentially take months or even years. Victims should focus on recovering from their wounds, but they also need to understand that lawsuits are subject to strict filing deadlines.
If plaintiffs do not comply with the deadline for filing their case, they may lose the right to seek compensation. Under CC §3492, dog bite victims have one year from the date of their injury to file a claim against the dog’s owner. Hiring a dog bite lawyer in Iberia Parish could help potential plaintiffs file their cases before the prescriptive period expires.
We Can Hold Pet Owners Liable for their Pets’ Actions
Louisiana law states that to prove the dog owner could have prevented the injuries caused by the dog, the plaintiff must show the dog presented an “unreasonable risk of harm.”
For example, if a dog attacked someone because it was unleashed and the victim fell over, leading to a concussion or bone fracture, the owner may be held liable for these injuries because the dog should have been restrained to avoid an attack.
Liability for the pet’s actions lies with the owner. When pets are out of control, owners are usually held accountable for the consequences.
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You can pursue a monetary compensation claim against a negligent dog owner if you were bitten by their dog and/or injured as a result. Call (337) 777-7777 to start working with a Lafayette dog bite lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers.