Getting bitten by a dog can cause both physical and mental injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you receive compensation for damages you have suffered. Here is some important information regarding Oklahoma dog bite compensation.
Oklahoma Dog Bite Compensation | Mistakes to Avoid
The most common mistake people make when they’re bitten by a dog is that they don’t hire an attorney soon enough. Normally, dog bites are pretty serious. Always go to the doctor quickly. Most dog bites are going to give you back problem or knee problems; most of them are flesh wounds. They need to be stitched up. They need to be given antibiotics to make sure there’s no infection.
Not hiring a lawyer is a mistake. Don’t think you can settle this on your own. Maybe you don’t want to cause a problem, or you might think maybe you provoked the attack. No matter the circumstances, always hire an attorney. Let him deal with the causation: why it happened, who is responsible. Your chances to receive full compensation will be greatly increased.
Oklahoma Dog Bite Compensation | Determining Liability
Can anyone other than a dog owner be responsible for a dog bite case? That’s fact specific. Let’s say that you have a family friend who intentionally makes a dog mean, continually abuses the dog, continually provokes the dog, and then lets the dog out in an agitated state, and he comes and bites you. I believe that the family friend and the homeowner would both be responsible for any injuries caused by this dog, but it is case specific. That’s something you would have to hire an attorney to do an investigation and preserve the evidence to make that determination.
Oklahoma Dog Bite Compensation | Uninsured Dog Owner
One of the most common problems I have is that people who rent apartments have dogs and these dogs bite people. Most of the time, there’s no insurance that covers a dog bite if you don’t own your home. Most of the time, there’s not insurance to cover dog bites for people. The counsel I normally give to people is that you can turn it over to your health insurance to pay for your medical bills.
You can check with your homeowners’ insurance and see if it will cover a dog bite somewhere else. You can also check with your car insurance to see if they will cover any type of injuries you sustain from a dog bite. It’s tough. There’s no set answer. Every insurance company’s contract is different. I would suggest you contact an attorney to make sure you exhaust all possible avenues, so you can get your medical bills paid and any pain and suffering paid for.
If you are seeking compensation for a dog bite injury sustained in Oklahoma, contact our experienced Stillwater dog bite lawyer today for a free consultation.