What to expect in a dog bite lawsuit
Typically, dog bite lawsuits are filed against the dog owner’ insurance policy for failure to take reasonable steps to control or contain the animal, particularly if they are more prone to attack. However, many dog owners do not have insurance that will cover dog attacks. In those instances, local municipalities and apartment complexes have been found liable for animal attacks when they failed to protect residents from a known vicious animal.
Why should I choose McIntyre Law for my Oklahoma dog bite lawsuit?
Honesty, hard work, and compassion are the hallmarks of our law firm. We strive to provide the best legal representation to victims of Oklahoma dog bites while adhering to a strict code of ethics. We pledge to keep the victim’s best interests in mind and make the legal process as painless as possible for the injured and their family. At McIntyre Law you will get the full attention of our lawyers and have unabated access to our staff at any time.
What is a contingency fee?
When a lawyer works on a “contingency fee” basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any monetary rewards from your lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there are no rewards from your dog bite lawsuit, you don’t pay the lawyer. We get paid if, and only if, you do.
What compensation can I get from a dog bite lawsuit in Oklahoma?
Winning a dog bite lawsuit in Oklahoma can result in compensation for damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Oklahoma’s Dog Bite Laws
Oklahoma dog bite laws apply “strict liability” when dogs attack and injure others. Strict liability means that there is no need to prove “fault” when a dog attacks you in Oklahoma. The only issue to be proved is ownership of the dog. Ownership is typically established through licensing or vaccination records, and that the dog in question actually bit the claimant. The issue you are left with is what is the appropriate compensation you or your loved one deserves. Dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance policies are obligated to compensate individuals injured as a result of a dog bite in Oklahoma.
Sometimes even municipalities are held partially responsible for dog attacks. For example, a Washington woman who was injured when a pitbull entered her home and attacked her two Jack Russell Terriers has been awarded $2.2 million in a dog bite lawsuit. The woman was bitten when she tried to force the attacking dog off of her dogs. A jury found the owners of the pitbull 52% responsible for the animal attack and Pierce County 42% at fault for not responding to more than a dozen complaints by residents who believed the dog was a threat to the public safety. The woman was found 1% liable for her own injuries.
A knowledgeable Oklahoma City dog bite lawyer understands the importance of giving you, your child or any other family member the best legal representation. While Oklahoma dog bite laws require strict liability concerning dogs that bite, proving negligence can be a challenging task. We understand the importance of proactive gathering of evidence, consulting with doctors and analyzing the long-term consequences a dog bite has on its victim and their family.
What are the most dangerous dog breeds?
Our team of Oklahoma dog bite attorneys recognizes that any dog is capable of biting, but some breeds can be more aggressive and therefore capable of causing devastating mauling injuries. These are a few common aggressive breeds involved in Oklahoma dog bite lawsuits:
- Pit Bull
- German Shepherd
- Bull Terrier
If you have been bitten by these breeds or any other canine from an aggressive dog breed in Oklahoma, do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced Oklahoma dog bite lawyers. We are prepared to defend your rights when owners have allowed these dangerous dogs to cause you, your child or loved one harm.
Dog Attack Injuries
It’s important to hire a lawyer who has experience in litigating dog bite injuries in Oklahoma. These injuries can often be devastating (pit bull mauling, for example). An experienced Oklahoma dog bite lawyer can ensure you, your child or family member receives the appropriate compensation from the dog owner’s home insurance that will allow you to seek the appropriate medical treatment. Dog bite victims often require plastic surgery. These surgeries can consist of skin grafts and complete reconstructive surgeries. Our team of dog bit lawyers in Oklahoma City and Tulsa recognize the psychological effects of dog bites and is prepared to demand compensation that will provide counseling to help the dog bite victim cope with his or her injuries.
Meet our Dog Bite Attorneys
If you or someone you know has suffered at the hands of an irresponsible pet owner, please contact our dog bite lawyers.
What areas of the state do the Oklahoma dog bite lawyers at McIntyre Law practice in?
The Oklahoma dog bite attorneys in our office routinely handle cases throughout the state of Oklahoma. Our client representation covers the entire state of Oklahoma, from:
- Oklahoma City
- Midwest City
- and Moore.
We practice in counties including Oklahoma County, Tulsa County, Payne County, Cleveland and McCurtain County. No matter where you are in the state of Oklahoma, our dog bite lawyers stand ready to help you.