Oklahoma has a strict liability law when it comes to dog bites. According to section 4-42.1 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the owner of a dog is liable for any damages the dog causes as long as the victim did not provoke the animal and had a lawful reason for being on the property where the injury occurred. Even if the dog does not bite the person, they owner can still be held responsible for damages if the dog caused another type of injury. For example, if a dog knocks a pedestrian to the ground and the victim hits his or her head and sustains a brain injury, their injury is compensable under the law. The owner is liable even if they did not or could not know that the dog might behave in a way that could cause injury.
Dog bites can be incredibly painful and expensive injuries, potentially costing tens of thousands of dollars on average in medical treatment costs. If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important that you seek immediate medical treatment – any delay could increase your chances of developing a dangerous infection. Keep documentation of your injury, including medical records, time away from work, and pictures of your injury, then contact a lawyer as soon as you are able to begin discussing your legal options.
We Can Help You Fight for Fair Compensation
Under Oklahoma law, you may have a right to seek compensation for costs related to your injury from the owner of the dog. This compensation can be used to cover the costs of your medical treatment, any reconstructive surgery, lost wages, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. In order to potentially increase your chances of obtaining a fair settlement, it is a good idea to work with an experienced Oklahoma City dog bite attorney.
The Law Offices of Dan Davis is backed by more than 25 years of legal experience and have helped countless clients achieve the fair compensation they need to recover from a serious injury. If you are seeking an attorney, you can feel confident turning to our team. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we may be able to help!
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