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Who’s responsible for a dog bite in Oklahoma?

Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend,” but it’s important to remember that even friendly dogs with no history of aggression can be unpredictable. All dogs have the potential to lash out or bite, even without provocation. Unfortunately for victims, a dog bite can be traumatic, painful, and even life-threatening.

The risk of dog bites is reduced when dog owners keep their pets enclosed or on a leash, which is one reason why the state of Oklahoma requires dogs be leashed when on certain public properties. When dog owners allow their pets to run freely in public parks or on sidewalks, dogs may become aggressive and territorial.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries from a dog bite, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation, and because of Oklahoma’s strict liability law, dog owners can typically be held responsible for their pet’s actions.

Strict Liability Holds Dog Owners Responsible

Even if a dog was properly leashed or enclosed when the bite occurred, Oklahoma’s strict liability rule states that a dog’s owner can be held liable as long as the victim was not illegally on the property when and where the attack occurred. Oklahoma Statute § 4-42.1 states:

 “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.”

If you’re looking to file a claim after a dog bite in Oklahoma, don’t hesitate to contact the attorneys at Parrish DeVaughn Injury Lawyers. We’re ready to help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses and pain and suffering. The statute of limitations to file a dog bite claim is two years after the date of injury, so it’s a good idea to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us anytime, 24/7 to get started.

Serving Oklahoma Dog Bite Victims

At Parrish DeVaughn Injury Lawyers, we understand the financial and emotional repercussions of an animal attack, and we believe you should be compensated for your medical expenses and pain and suffering. If you suffered injuries resulting from a dog bite, contact us—we’re ready to get to work for you today.