A lawsuit was filed in the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, LA over an alleged dog attack which took place in March of this year.
Kevin Karrigan, a United States Postal Service employee, has sued Louis Alonso Gomez and ABC Insurance Co. for injuries sustained when Gomez’s dog purportedly bit Karrigan.
According to the suit, Karrigan was delivering mail on Presidential Street in Jefferson Parish when Gomez’s dog escaped its enclosure and attacked Karrigan. The suit claims that the fence enclosing the dog was defective, which allowed the animal to escape. The complaint further alleges that Gomez negligently failed to maintain the fence in a working manner, failed to maintain control of his dog, and failed to provide a warning of the danger.
Under Louisiana law, dog owners fall under the legally narrow auspices of strict liability. This places liability on a dog owner where a plaintiff proves that the dog injured him or her, that the injuries could have been prevented by the owner, and that the injuries did not result from the plaintiff’s provocation of the dog. To prove the owner could have prevented a plaintiff’s injuries, the plaintiff must show the dog presented an unreasonable risk of harm. For example, where an owner has knowledge their dog previously bit another individual, but fails to properly secure the animal from the public.
Karrigan seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
The attorneys at Broussard & David have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle cases of this nature and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of the negligence of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).