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With nearly 75 million dogs in the United States, it is clear that injuries and deaths resulting from dog bites and attacks are common. However, the statistics regarding dog bites are staggering: more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and 800,000, or 1 in 6, of those injuries are severe enough to require medical treatment. In fact, dog bites are the fifth leading cause of children's emergency room visits. Additionally, in 2007, there were 33 deaths as a result of mauling.
Oklahoma has strict liability laws in place to hold owners responsible for their dogs' actions. Oklahoma is not a "one free bite" state. If a dog bites you while you are legally on the owner's property, or if you are on public property, the owner is fully accountable for your injuries, as long as you are not intentionally and persistently provoking the animal.
While evidence of a dog bite is usually quite obvious because of the nature of the victim's injuries, there are several other factors which must be considered in bringing a personal injury claim against the dog's owner. A qualified attorney experienced in dog bite law can help you establish ownership and verify your injuries. If you are bitten, seek medical attention, report the attack to local animal control or the police, and call Lawter & Associates, PLLC for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.