Some states require that a dog bite victim prove that an animal has bitten someone in the past in order to collect damages.
This is known as the one free bite rule, but this isn’t the law in Louisiana.
Instead, in Louisiana, we have a strict liability rule when it comes to dog bites.
Victims must only show that they did nothing to provoke the dog, and that the owner didn’t take reasonable precautions to prevent the dog from biting.
Evidence such as poor maintenance of a fence, allowing a dog to roam freely, or avoidance of leash laws can be used to show that the owner did not act in a way to prevent a dog bite.
In Louisiana, dog bite cases are typically handled by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy, and cases can generally be settled outside of court by an experienced dog bite attorney.
Make sure you consult one before trying to go it alone.
Research shows that dog bite cases handled without an attorney result in much smaller levels of compensation than those negotiated by an attorney, even when attorney’s fees are factored in.
In New Orleans, if you or your child have been bitten by a dog, call The Gertler Law Firm today at 504-581-6411 to talk to an experienced dog bite injury attorney for free.