Dog Bite Attorney Oklahoma City
Dan Davis Law Firm understands how a dog attack can have devastating consequences, especially when children are involved
Victims of dog bite attacks in Oklahoma can rely on the understanding attorneys of the Dan Davis Law Firm to exercise appropriate judgment in pursuing their insurance claim for a dog bite injury. Oklahoma dog bite laws have provisions that allow victims to be compensated for their injuries in a way that is fair to all parties. Call us today for a no-obligation case review. To learn more about issues related to dog bites in Oklahoma, visit the following sections:
- Avoiding a Dog Attack
- Dog Bite Compensation
- Oklahoma Dog Bite Laws
- What to do if You’ve Been Bitten by a Dog
We realize that your pursuit of dog bite compensation may involve someone known to you or your family. We will exercise sensitivity while still pursuing fair and reasonable compensation for whatever injury or loss you may have suffered. Dog bite injury can be severe. The following are a few examples of types of injuries from dog bites:
- Injury requiring surgery
- Permanent damage to the extremities (hands or feet)
- Loss of a finger or fingers
- Permanent, visible scarring to the face
Avoiding a dog attack often comes down to common sense. At the Dan Davis Law Firm, we believe that each of us has a responsibility to act in a manner that will not cause harm to others or to ourselves. We urge you to follow these simple rules:
- Never antagonize a dog
- Never approach a dog you don’t know
- Never leave a young child or baby unattended with a dog, even if you know the dog
- Never approach a dog that is eating
- Never approach a dog that is restrained with no owner present
Dog bites can lead to serious injury, including those that require surgery from the injury. A child who is bitten by a dog can experience severe emotional distress as a result of the event, especially if the child was pursued by the dog before the bite attack.
When you have an experienced Oklahoma attorney on your side, you can be sure that the dog bite compensation you or a loved one receives is appropriate for your unique circumstances. It is important to recognize that dog bite compensation does not come from the individual assets of the dog owner, but from the insurance coverage they have as a property owner.
Dog bite compensation may account for:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish or emotional distress
- Costs of rehabilitation or occupational therapy
Oklahoma dog bite laws are written in order to prevent an antagonistic relationship developing between dog owner and the dog bite victim seeking compensation. Dog bite compensation can vary depending on the age of the injury victim, the circumstances of the attack, and other factors.
Oklahoma dog bite laws have been put in place to protect victims of dog bites as well as to protect responsible dog owners. If you intend to seek dog bite compensation based on the dog owner’s insurance coverage, Oklahoma dog bite laws put forward clear guidelines to establish the legitimacy of your claim.
The law can be complex, but in general two elements must be met in order for a dog bite victim to pursue compensation under Oklahoma dog bite laws:
- The victim had a right to be where he or she was at the time of the attack
- The dog bite victim did nothing to antagonize the dog before the incident
The following guidelines may help you if you or your child is bitten by a dog. Taking the right steps now may help you later when filing an insurance claim for dog bite compensation.
First and foremost, immediately seek appropriate medical attention. Second, do nothing that will put you or anyone assisting you at risk of further attack. Third, notify the appropriate animal control authority as soon as possible. We cannot stress these points strongly enough.
What to do if bitten by a dog:
- If possible, photograph the dog
- If you do not know who owns the dog, attempt to determine where the animal lives
- Photograph the location where the dog bite attack took place
- Photograph or otherwise document the extent of your injury
- Retain all medical records related to treatment for your dog bite injury
- Obtain a copy of any report generated by the responding animal control authority