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Oklahoma Dog Bite Laws

Posted on August 31, 2016

Making the decision to add a dog to your family can be a very exciting time, however, there are many factors to consider when making your decision. In particular, dog owners should be informed about potential liability in their local area, in the event their dog attacks another person. For example, some cities only allow the specific breeds and will require certification of registration for any dogs that are defined as ‘dangerous’ or will not allow dangerous breeds to reside in certain neighborhoods.

Strict Liability

While local ordinances differ, Oklahoma follows strict liability law when it comes to dog bites. This strict liability holds the owner accountable for the actions of the dog, even if the owner did not know or had no reason to know about the dog’s propensity to bite or exhibit violent behavior. The owner will be liable for damages to another person if the dog bites or injures that person, without provocation, when the person is in a space they are lawfully entitled to be. This liability includes not only dog bites but also injuries sustained as a result of the dog’s behavior, such as being knocked to the ground, sometimes resulting in fractured bones or bruised body parts.

Defenses

There are some common defenses that may be raised in Oklahoma if your dog has bitten another person. If the person bitten was previously provoking your dog, i.e. taunting the dog in anyway or abusing it, the dog owner will most likely not be held liable for those injuries resulting. Additionally, if the injured party was on the property of the pet owner illegally, thus trespassing, the dog owner is not liable for damages suffered, as the injured party did not have a right or permission to be there. However, this may differ for those individuals having ‘dangerous’ dogs in their homes, as they are subject to different rules and regulations in Oklahoma.

Let Us Help You in Your Time of Need

If your family member or loved one was bitten by someone else’s dog and has suffered a bad personal injury as a result, let us help you fight for compensation. At the office of Charles Bryan Alred, PC, we have experience assisting dog bite victims in Oklahoma, and we will go to work for you today. Contact us for a consultation by calling (918)745-9960