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Tragic consequences can occur when children are bitten by dogs.
If you, or a family member, have been bitten by someone else's dog or other animal, we can help.
Permanent facial scaring and other disfigurement leave lifelong sadness and emotional pain due to dog bites. Infections from dog bites can be crippling.
If you or a loved one are the victim of a dog attack the dog's owner is liable for the injuries and financial damages unless the dog was provoked or the victim was trespassing.
Oklahoma imposes strict liability for dog attacks, making the owner of a dog legally liable to a victim who was bitten. A dog does not get "one free bite" in Oklahoma, and the prior behavior of the dog does not matter in the assignment of liability. It is not necessary to prove that the owner or handler was negligent.
Provoking the dog would involve striking or other abuse. Trespassing would require the victim to be in a place he was not legally entitled to be at the time they were attacked or bitten. A person is not trespassing if they are lawfully on the property of the owner of the dog either expressly or impliedly. A legal purpose includes: as a guest, postal worker, utility meter reader, repair or construction worker, lessee or lessor, or for another legal purpose.
Other people can be victims of dog attacks and dog bites when the dog is allowed to run loose or has escaped from its restraints. The dog owner is also liable in these instances.
Whether you are visitor, or guest on the property of the dog's owner, or on a public street or your own property, if you or a family member has been injured as the result of a dog attack or dog bite in Oklahoma it could mean medical bills, lost wages and a long period of pain and frustration. You can be overwhelmed emotionally, physically and financially. We know how difficult a time this can be because we have handled numerous dog attack and dog bite cases.
You may not be able to work for a long time and financial troubles can develop. Doctors appointments and treatment can take months. The insurance adjusters can try to take advantage of the situation with early pressure to settle for much less than you deserve or may deny your claim totally.
James Self has been helping the victims dog attacks and dog bites all over Oklahoma for 30 years. James Self knows how to handle the insurance companies to get his clients the justice and the money they deserve.
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If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a dog attack or dog bite in Oklahoma City or Tulsa areas of Oklahoma, James Self would like to talk to you. Please contact our Oklahoma law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.