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Oklahoma law states that a dog owner is liable for the full amount of any damages sustained by an individual who is bitten or otherwise injured without provocation while lawfully on the dog owner's property or on public property.
Naturally, this begs the question, what constitutes being lawfully on the property of a dog owner? The law states that any person who goes on the property to perform a job such as a postal carrier or public utility worker, or a repairman who is invited on to the property by the property owner is lawfully on the property. In addition, any tenant who has a lease on any portion of the property has a right to be on the property. Public property includes all parks, playgrounds, public buildings, sidewalks and any businesses in which merchandise or services are offered for sale or use.
Posting a "Beware of Dog" sign is not enough by itself to help a property owner avoid being sued for damages in a dog bite incident. Contact Hawkins Law Firm to discuss any questions you have regarding a dog bite attack.
At Hawkins Law Firm in Tulsa, attorney Phillip C. Hawkins understands the nuances of dog bite personal injury cases and knows how to maximize the amount of compensation a victim receives. Because dog bite injuries can be both physical and emotional, it is important to take the time to get a full medical report on the extent of injuries following a dog bite or any animal attack.
If the injuries are extensive, plastic surgery is necessary. If the victim is a young child, doctors may want to wait several years before performing the surgery. This is just one example of why it is important to work with a lawyer who will help you avoid taking a quick settlement and instead seek compensation that will cover the lifetime cost of the injury.
In addition, a dog bite may permanently scar an individual emotionally to the point where he or she is afraid of animals for the rest of his or her life. We will help you pursue compensation for emotional damages as well as physical injuries.Put an Experienced and Aggressive Dog Bite Lawyer in Your Corner
If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite, we welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case and recommend the best course of action. We can answer your questions regarding owner liability, injuries and compensation during a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (918) 583-6007 or email us to schedule an appointment.