Personal Injury from a Dog Bite

Posted on April 30, 2018

Suffered an injury from a dog bite? You could get awarded compensation from the dog’s owner. But how do you know if you have a personal injury case from a dog bite?

Louisiana Laws

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First, you should always report a dog bite to the police and animal control. You may even want to get an attorney involved right away.  in the state of Louisiana, specific dog bite laws do apply. The law states that of the owner is liable for damages if they knew the behavior of the dog would cause damage, if the incident could have been prevented, if they fail to take reasonable care to prevent the incident and if the victim didn’t provoke the animal. Under the statute of limitations, the victim has one year from the date of the incident to bring a case to court. It will automatically be dismissed if it is over one year from the dog bite incident. This law doesn’t just apply to dog bites, but also if injury was caused by being knocked over by an animal, being trampled on by an animal or cat scratches.

Victim of a dog bite

If you are a victim of a dog bite and plan on bringing a personal injury case to the court, you must show that the owner of the dog failed to take reasonable care to restrain the animal and prevent injury. The outcome of the case will depend on many factors like if the animal was roaming freely or if they were on their own property when they attacked.


The outcome of the case will come down to who the court finds was at fault. If negligence was proven, but only 20% of it was found to be the owner’s fault, the owner is only responsible for 20% of the damages. If the animal was provoked, which includes being offered a treat, then the owner of the dog will not be found liable.