Getting bitten by a dog is a scary experience. There’s a risk of infection, permanent disfiguration, and serious injury. If you’ve been bitten by a dog in Lafayette, Louisiana, call The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux. We provide free case evaluations. We’ll help you understand your legal rights.
Dog Owners Are Liable for Dog Bites
In Louisiana, dog owners are liable for the actions of their dogs. This includes dog bites. In Lafayette, there is no such thing as “one free bite.” Dog bites are governed by strict liability. If an owner could have done something reasonable to prevent the dog bite, the law says it should have been done. It doesn’t matter if the dog bite happens on the owner’s property or away from the property.
Dog Bites and Insurance
When a dog bites you in Lafayette, you could end up with a pile of unexpected medical bills. If the dog owner owns a home, they will likely have homeowners insurance. If so, you should file a claim with the insurance company to help pay for your medical bills. However, the insurance company may not want to treat your fairly or the homeowner may try to fight the claim. You need The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux to help represent your best interests. We can deal with the insurance company and the homeowner on your behalf.
What If There’s No Insurance Policy?
If the dog owner doesn’t have homeowners insurance, The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux can help you pursue your legal options through settlement negotiations or, if necessary, by going to court.
Lafayette Dog Bite Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation
If you’re a victim of a dog bite in Lafayette, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation. As a strict liability state, you can receive compensation without proving that the owner was negligent or that the dog was vicious. That doesn’t mean that the dog’s owner or insurance company won’t fight your claim, though. You may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Your medical treatment
- The cost of reconstructive surgery
- Nerve damage
- Physical impairment
- Emotional trauma
- Lost wages
The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux Helping Lafayette Dog Bite Victims
The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux provides free case consultations for Lafayette dog bite victims. To schedule your free consultation, call our office at 337-989-1212. We’ll explain your legal options.