Many states have strict liability dog bite laws and Oklahoma is one of them. The state imposes strict liability for dog bites, which means “the owner or owners of any dog shall be liable for damages to the full amount of any damages sustained when his dog, without provocation, bites or injures any person while such person is in or on a place where he has a lawful right to be.”
Further, any person may lawfully kill a dog that is chasing that person’s livestock. An owner of a dog that has been adjudged “dangerous” must register the dog, enclose the dog except when out on a leash with muzzle, and post $50,000 in liability insurance. An owner who does not follow the provisions not only faces the confiscation of his or her dog, but may also be subject to a one-year misdemeanor.
Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover an owner’s liability for a dog bite, even if it occurs off of the insured premises. It is reported that about 20% of all dog bites require some sort of medical treatment and some dog breeds, such as Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers, are known to be more aggressive than others. If you’ve been injured by a dog a Tulsa Personal Injury Attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering and any permanent disfigurement.
If you are looking for a Tulsa dog bite attorney who provides quality representation to victims of dog attacks, contact Wandres Law. Contact us at 918-641-4044 for a free consultation and case evaluation on any type of personal injury case.