Who Is Liable in a Dog Bite Claim?

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2022 at 6:27 pm    

Who Is Liable in a Dog Bite Claim?Dogs are usually faithful creatures, ready to love and serve. Unfortunately, some people still get hurt in dog attacks, and America’s emergency rooms treated about 1,000 dog bite-related injuries per day in a recent period. If a dog bit you, you may wonder what Oklahoma’s laws are surrounding dog bites and who could be liable for the devastating injuries that can result. In this post, we’ll cover both of those topics.

Oklahoma’s Liability Law for Dog Bites

Title 4, Chapter 42 of the Oklahoma Statutes contains the state’s basic dog bite liability law. The law allows a person injured by a dog bite to obtain compensation from the dog’s owners. The caveat to this is that the person who was injured must have been in a location where they had a right to be.

If a dog attacks someone without provocation, its owner is liable for all injuries and losses the victim sustains. The law defines an “owner” as a person, business, or other organization, and they need only have custody of the dog at the time of the attack.

In an Oklahoma dog bite case, plaintiffs do not have as much of the burden of proof as they might in other states. However, while the law is strict toward dog owners, it only applies when the injured person was legally at the attack’s site. For example, a dog owner is liable if the attack happened:

  • To someone in a public place, such as on sidewalks, in public parks, or in businesses
  • To a public employee in the course of their duties (for example, mail carriers or someone reading a utility meter)
  • To someone performing work on the owner’s property
  • To someone who visited the owner’s property by invitation and for a “lawful purpose”

Dog owners may be immune from liability if:

  • The attacked person was trespassing on the property
  • The attacked person had previously abused the dog
  • The attack happened while the person was committing a crime

Dangerous Dogs

A “dangerous dog” is usually one who has previously bitten someone or threatened to bite someone when unprovoked.

While the owner always maintains liability for their dog’s attacks because of Oklahoma’s strict liability laws, it is not considered “dangerous” unless it has attacked or bitten someone before. Once their dog has attacked someone, the owner must take proactive steps to ensure it does not attack again. They may need to:

  • Properly train the dog and ensure it stays indoors or in an enclosed outdoor space
  • Muzzle and leash the dog when it is outside the enclosure
  • Place fencing around the property and signage warning of a dangerous dog
  • Carry $50,000 or more in liability insurance for dog attacks
  • Register the dog with their local government and pay annual fees
  • Obtain certificates from a local animal control agency
  • Microchip and spay/neuter the dog

Does Oklahoma Regulate Dangerous Dog Breeds?

Who Is Liable in a Dog Bite Claim?Oklahoma does not regulate dangerous dog breeds at a state level. However, localities may have ordinances targeting owners of these dogs. Oklahoma City, for example, keeps a dangerous dog registry, and owners of dogs that attack someone without provocation or damage property in an attack may need to register their dogs.

How Do I Get Compensation After a Dog Bite?

Often, dog bites occur in the homes of friends or family members. If that’s the case, the injured person might be reluctant to ask their friend or relative for money for their bite-related expenses. However, in many cases, the dog’s owner’s homeowner policy might provide coverage for dog bites. If that’s the case, the injured person’s attorney can deal with the homeowner’s insurance company, and the relationship between the dog owner and the injured person can remain intact.

If you were bitten in another public place, you could pursue compensation from the dog’s owner or the person who was in control of the dog at the time of the bite. You could obtain compensation for your medical costs and other bite-related losses from their insurance company. If negotiations with the insurance company fail, you and your lawyer could file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.

Consult a Dog Bite Attorney Today

If a dog attacked and injured you in Oklahoma City, don’t wait to begin seeking the compensation you deserve. The Oklahoma City dog bite attorneys of Abel Law Firm offer free consultations where you can learn more about your legal options. We’re prepared to help you investigate the attack, determine liability, and pursue compensation from the liable party.

The Abel Law Firm team has secured more than thirty million-dollar settlements and verdicts, and a former governor has recognized us for our work in the state’s most influential personal injury lawsuits. We look forward to using the same compassionate skill to fight for you after a dog bite. Call us at (405) 239-7046 for a free, no-obligation case review.


Chandler man seriously hurt after attacked by pack of dogs

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2022 at 5:09 am    

CHANDLER, OK – A 65-year-old man was seriously injured after a pack of dogs mauled him in Lincoln County on Wednesday.

According to KFOR, the man was on a morning walk on a rural road in Chandler when the dogs took the man down and began attacking.

Someone found the man’s body severely injured and called 911. He was flown to OU Health in Oklahoma City to undergo surgery.

Two of the dogs were captured and taken to an area veterinary clinic.

Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty says the dogs came from a nearby marijuana grow operation. Although the business is licensed within the state, the operation was busted just last month for selling cannabis out of state and on the black market.

The incident remains under investigation. Authorities are looking for someone responsible for the dogs to press charges.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma dog bite injury attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


1-year-old in critical condition after attacked by dog

Posted on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 at 5:58 am    

SPENCER, OK – A child was hospitalized when they were injured by a dog attack in Spencer Sunday afternoon, reports Ponca City Now.

The 1-year-old was playing in a residential backyard in Spencer when a Pitbull mix mauled them. The boy was rushed to OU Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City in critical condition.

Apparently, several complaints of loose dogs on the street where the incident happened have been reported in the past. The family who owns the dog has received citations before for loose dogs.

Several witnesses have given different versions of what happened. Police are currently investigating.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma car accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


15-year-old mauled by dog while walking with friends in Yukon

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at 12:29 pm    

YUKON, OK – A 15-year-old was mauled by a dog while walking with friends to get food near the intersection of West Vandament Avenue and Cornwell Drive in Yukon on Wednesday, reports KFOR.

According to officials, the dog first attacked some girls in the group, before the male teenager stepped in to protect them. While attempting to distract the dog, he was attacked and suffered serious injuries to his face.

At this time, it is unknown who the dog belongs to, or where it is.

Yukon police and Animal Welfare are working with the family in hopes of finding the dog, who is described as large and dark with a green or blue collar.

The boy’s mother has vowed to continue looking until it is found.

If you or someone you love have suffered injuries from a dog attack, please contact the dog bite lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling 405-239-7046 today. Our attorneys firmly believe you shouldn’t have to pay for the medical bills and other expenses resulting from an attack caused by someone else’s negligence.


10-year-old girl hospitalized following attack from neighbor’s dogs

Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at 12:14 am    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Authorities say a 10-year-old girl is in the hospital following an attack from a neighbor’s pack of seven dogs on Monday, reports KFOR.

The attack occurred in the 700 block of Southeast 41st Street on Monday afternoon.

The victim said she often helps return the dogs to the backyard of her neighbor’s residence when they get out. On Monday, the dogs escaped and knocked over several garbage cans before she returned them to the backyard. She was picking up some of the trash when the pack escaped again and approached her.

The dogs began barking at her before one attacked and bit her. The rest of the dogs then joined in on the attack and the girl screamed for help while being bit on the legs, face, and head.

Fortunately, a pair of nearby tree trimmers heard her cries and ran over and kicked the dogs off the victim. Tree trimmer David Marin described the bloody attack as the most difficult thing he’s ever seen.

The girl had bites and cuts on her ear, back, arms, legs, and all over her body. She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she received stitches. No further details on her condition have been provided.

Authorities say the owner later handed over the dogs to Animal Welfare officers. At this time, it is unclear whether the owner will be charged with possession of a dangerous animal.

If you or someone you love have suffered injuries from a dog attack, please contact the dog bite lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling 405-239-7046 today. Our attorneys firmly believe you shouldn’t have to pay for the medical bills and other expenses resulting from an attack caused by someone else’s negligence.

 


Girl Attacked By Dog At Golf Course

Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at 5:57 am    

A young girl was mauled by a dog in their neighborhood, a January 29 article of Fox 25 reported.

The incident happened at the Surrey Hills Golf Course, near the intersection of 122nd and Mustang. A 6-year-old girl was were playing with her friends when she was attacked by a Rottweiler. She suffered bite marks on her face and her head. Then, she was transported to OU Children’s Hospital. Meanwhile, the dog was taken into custody by animal control.

If you have suffered injuries from a dog attack, please contact the dog bite lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling 405-239-7046 today.


Woman Injured And Traumatized After Dog Attack

Posted on Sunday, January 19th, 2020 at 7:31 pm    

A woman was injured and traumatized after being bitten by a neighbor’s dog, a January 17 article of The Mountain Enterprise reported.

The incident happened in the morning of January 3. Belinda Woerter was badly bitten by a neighbor’s pet that looked like a “wolf hybrid dog”. Her daughter, Sara Woerter, was an animal welfare expert who flew home to help her mother. Belinda had to be hospitalized for three days. Also, her injuries required surgery and 14 staples to close. Worse, she was diagnosed with PTSD six days later.

If you have suffered injuries from a dog attack, please contact the dog bite lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling 405-239-7046 today.


Dog Accused Of Biting 5-Year-Old Held By Humane Society

Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 1:05 am    

The dog who was accused of biting a 5-year-old was held by the Humane Society Pikes Peak Region, a January 3 article of KRDO reported.

A Saint Bernard named Duke bit a 5-year-old child, requiring emergency treatment. The mother shared pictures of the child’s injuries to KRDO. In response, the dog’s owner requested that the dog be euthanized, according to the Humane Society. On the other hand, they alleged that the Oklahoma rescue where Duke was adopted from requested that it be returned to them for adoption. Consequently, the Humane Society said they will hold the dog until the court system provides further direction.

If you have been seriously attacked by a dog, it is important to get a lawyer’s help, especially if you will need extensive medical treatment for your recovery. Find out how the Oklahoma personal injury attorneys of Abel Law Firm may help you pursue claims from negligent pet owners today by calling (405) 239-7046.


Man succumbed to dog bite injuries in OKC

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 8:41 pm    

A man who was recently hospitalized in Oklahoma City due to dog bite injuries inflicted by five pit bulls has died

Reports said Edgar Brown, 60, died on October 16 at OU Medical Center due to several complications after being attacked by his friend’s pit bulls. According to Edgar’s brother, Dexter Brown, Edgar had been asked to go to the friend’s rental property to take out the trash. While doing this favor, Edgar was attacked by five pit bulls who were living on the rental property.

A passing stranger was able to get the dogs off of Edgar and transport him to the hospital, where his condition deteriorated for two weeks. According to Brown, the victim suffered a number of complication during his stay in the hospital, including an infection that necessitated the amputation of several limbs and a heart attack that required a triple bypass operation.

While all of the dogs have been put down, Edgar’s family is attempting to have criminal charges brought against their owner for the death of their family member.


Pit bull owner charged in ferocious dog attack

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 12:53 pm    

The owner of two pit bulls was charged after the  dogs attacked a neighbor this last July in Muscogee County, abc8 Tulsa reported on September 6.

According to reports, a misdemeanor charge was filed against Ronnie Casey after he failed to control his dogs that attacked Glenn Boulet, Sr. On July 14th, Boulet reportedly saw one of the dogs approaching a young boy. He was able to successfully get the boy to safety before the dogs attacked. Boulet was confined to the hospital for a month due to serious injuries he sustained to his upper body and face, some of which will require plastic surgery. If found guilty, Casey could serve a maximum jail term of one year and and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

If you have been seriously attacked by a dog, it is important to get a lawyer’s help, especially if you will need extensive medical treatment for your recovery. Find out how the Oklahoma personal injury attorneys of Abel Law Firm may help you pursue claims from negligent pet owners today by calling (405) 239-7046.

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