Most of the time, meeting a new dog is a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, however, there are dogs that behave erratically and can attack when unprovoked. According to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, 800,000 of which seek medical attention for their injuries.
If you or anyone you know has been bitten by another person’s dog, you could be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering. Contact the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at 405-239-7046 today for a free consultation.
Alarmingly, statistics reveal that the number of dog attacks is increasing. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the average number of dog bite fatalities per year was 17 in the 1980s and 90s; however, recent reports indicate that this number has almost doubled to 33.
Determining Liability in Dog Attack Cases
It is a pet owner’s responsibility to ensure that his or her animal is not a safety hazard to the public. If a dog has a history of erratic behavior or violence, the dog should be kept under control by means of a leash or fence. If a pet owner neglects to contain a violent dog, he or she is liable for any injuries or damages caused by the animal.