Pit bulls, huskys, German shepherds, boxers, lap poodles or any animal can cause harm. The size of the animal does not matter when it comes to a bite or an attack. Any injuries caused by a dog can be very serious and should be treated as so. Common dog bite injuries include: post-traumatic stress disorder, scars, fear of dogs, punctures to the skin, infection, broken or fractured bones as well as many others.
Although dog bites and attacks may not seem life threatening, exposure to a dog with rabies is responsible for over 90% of human exposures worldwide as well as 99% of human deaths. This exposure is most commonly entered through a bite, but transmission of this disease varies. Take the proper step in legal care, if you or someone you know has suffered from a dog bite or dog attack, by calling Sudduth and Associates located in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The victim of a dog bite or attack has one year to bring his/her case to court. After a year’s time has passed, the court will more than likely dismiss the case as being time-barred. If you or someone you know has been injuried or harmed due to a dog bite or dog attack, please do not hesitate to call and get help today. Don’t allow yourself or someone you know to suffer from injuries without seeking proper help and guidance. As with any case, your personal injury lawyer at Sudduth and Associates can determine if you may have a claim.
The most common question during a dog bite case is who is at fault. The owner of a dog or other animal that has caused harm or injury is liable for the damages if, the owner knew or should have known the animal’s behavior would cause damage, the damage could have been prevented by taking responsible care, the owner failed to take reasonable care to prevent the damage, or the injured person did not provoke the animal. The owner of a dog is liable for damages or injuries to persons or property caused by the dog and which the owner could have prevented and which did not result from the injured person’s provocation of the dog.
According to Louisiana’s Dog Bite Statute in Section 2321 of the Louisiana Civil Code, the owner of an animal is answerable for the damage caused by the animal. However, the owner is answerable for the harm caused by the animal upon the showing that he knew or, in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known that his animal’s behavior would cause damage, that the damage could have been prevented by the exercise of reasonable care, and that he failed to exercise such reasonable care. A thorough review is needed by a dog bite / animal attack attorney.
If you or someone you know have been harmed or injured due to a dog bite or attack in Louisiana, please take the time to call the Law Office of Sudduth and Associates. We offer legal services to the to all areas of Louisiana including Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Shreveport, Cameron Parish, Allen Parish, Beauregard Parish, DeRidder, Jeff Davis Parish, Jennings and New Orleans. Need help from the Name You Know, Attorneys You Trust? Call Sudduth & Associates at (337) 480-0101.