An eight year old Hammond girl was attacked by pit bulls while playing with a friend in late April. She suffered a torn artery in her leg and bites to her neck, legs, arms, and face. She underwent eight hours of surgery following the attack. The dog owners have been arrested while the dogs were taken by animal control for rabies tests.
Animal owners and caretakers have a legal responsibility to control and restrain their pets if an animal has previously bitten a person, attacked a person, or if the animal is predisposed to violent behavior. Louisiana law (La. C.C. art. 2321), holds a dog owner strictly liable for damages for 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. Strict liability means that the owner or caretaker is held legally responsible for the damage caused by his animal, regardless of his fault.
Broussard & David represents clients who have been attacked and injured by dogs or other animals. Our attorneys understand that an animal attack can be a traumatic and painful experience. If you or a loved one were seriously injured during an animal attack, we may be able to help you and your family obtain compensation to help pay for the medical bills and treatment associated with your injuries.
For questions, please call Broussard & David at (888) 337-2323 (toll free) or (337) 233-2323 (local).