Baton Rouge Dog Bite Attorney
Dog Attacks and Injury Claims in Baton Rouge
Louisiana state law dictates that if a dog attacks another person the owner of the dog will be liable for damages, including for any personal injury, if the victim can prove the owner could have prevented the dog attack. Dog owners are proven to be negligent in such cases where a dog with a prior attack is unleashed in public or when a potentially dangerous dog is able to escape the owner's property. Especially negligent dog owners may fail to pull a dog back before things take a dangerous turn. While there are many ways a dog owner may show negligence in the awareness and prevention of a possible dog attack, in no way will the owner be liable for damages if the victim provoked the dog into the attack.
Dog Bite Lawyer Helping Victims in Baton Rouge
Dog mauling and other dog bite attacks can be vicious, and the consequences of such an attack can have disastrous effects. Many large dogs are able to easily take down a person during an attack, and can inflict serious injuries including lacerations, torn muscles, broken bones, and punctured lungs and arteries. These injuries often require long recovery times which can end up costing the victim significantly in terms of medical bills, and pain and suffering. If you have been the victim of a dog bite attack, speak with a Baton Rouge injury attorney immediately. The Layfield Law Firm, LLC can help to arrange the best personal injury claim for the court.
Although being involved in a dog attack is a horrifying experience, the law exists to protect innocent victims. Beau Layfield of The Layfield Law Firm, LLC is a dedicated, hard-working attorney who can help you take the necessary steps to build a solid case. Beau's detailed and organized approach may provide you with financial compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, or even additional pain and suffering due to conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder.
Contact a personal injury attorney at The Layfield Law Firm, LLC if you or someone you care about has been injured in a dog attack and would like to discuss your options for compensation.
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How much money can I expect in a settlement?Each personal injury accident is different and the worth of the injuries will depend on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of injuries and disability. Insurance companies have specific calculations they use when assigning a monetary value to the pain and suffering resulting a personal injury causing accident. The firm will protect your right to compensation and pursue legal action if necessary.
Before settling an insurance claim, contact The Layfield Law Firm, LLC to review your case. They can zealously protect your right to fair and full compensation, and your case will be given the focus and priority it deserves.
How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?
A personal injury accident is the result of the negligent, reckless or careless action of another. An accident that occurs from the use of a dangerous or defective product is an example of a personal injury accident. Another example is a drunk driver who causes a car collision with injuries or fatalities. In the case of negligence, the victim may be eligible for monetary compensation that can include lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Beau Layfield and The Layfield Law Firm, LLC can represent a client in court and negotiate with insurance companies to pursue the maximum possible compensation.
Should I take a settlement offer?
It is never a good idea to settle an insurance claim before speaking with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney that has experience with injury accident cases. Insurance companies have tactics they use to deny claims, redirect fault, and withhold available compensation. An insurance claim can be a complicated process and insurance adjusters can be intimidating to accident victims. An insurance company may assert that the injuries are not as serious as claimed, and attempt to settle quickly for a low amount.
How long will the divorce process take?
The length of your divorce proceedings will depend on different factors, which include how long it takes to serve divorce papers to your spouse, whether your spouse is willing to waive their rights to service and notice of trial, whether you have minor children from the marriage and legal delays. Typically, it will take 20 to 40 days to receive a divorce judgment from the court after papers have been served. If your spouse decides to waive his or her rights to service and notice of trial, the judgment can come swiftly. It is important to note that a judgment does not become finalized until the 30-day "appeals" window has ended.
Another important point to note is that you must be living separately from your spouse for six months (or longer if there are minor children from the marriage) before being able to file a petition, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as your spouse committed a felony. Securing an attorney for legal representation may result in your divorce process being resolved much faster than you attempting to navigate the proceedings on your own.
How will custody of my child be decided?It is possible for you and your spouse to come to a decision regarding child custody without the court intervening.
However, if you and your spouse cannot come to a custody terms agreement, the court will decide for you, and will look at the following:
- the child's gender and age;
- the child's mental and physical health;
- the child's relationship with each parent;
- the parents' respective lifestyles;
- each parent's ability to provide basic necessities for the child, including shelter, food, and clothing; and
- the child's preference (if they are of a certain age).