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Noble McIntyre

Dog Bites And The Law

An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur each year in the United States, according to the American Humane Association. Being bitten by a dog is a traumatic experience that can lead to severe and…

Jeremy Thurman

Failing to Restrain a Dangerous Dog – Criminal Offense?

Over the years I have blogged extensively about the dangers of dogs. In the search for accountability, there have been many battles with various readers over whether breed or owner is to blame for…

Jeremy Thurman

Florida Infant Mauled by Pit Bull

Fox News is reporting that a 7-day-old Florida baby has been fatally mauled by a pitbull as he lay sleeping next to his teenage mother.

According to the report

The Pasco County…

Jeremy Thurman

Dog Kills Infant in Perkins Oklahoma

Tragic news is coming out of Perkins Oklahoma where kfor.com is reporting that a Rottweiler has killed an infant girl who was less than a year old. Details are sketchy as the death occurred on Iowa…

Jeremy Thurman

Trampolines – An Orthopedist Dream

Trampolines are very dangerous. I once had an orthopedist comment to my father that he could fund his entire practice based solely on trampoline injuries. I’m sure all our readers know of a…

Jeremy Thurman

DOG BITE – LAWFUL PRESENCE ON OWNER'S PROPERTY AND WHAT IS A PUBLIC PLACE

Okla. Stat. Tit 4 § 42.2 basically defines when you can recover for a dog bite on the dog owners property and when you can recover for a dog bite in a public place. The statute reads as follows: “a person shall be considered to be lawfully upon the private property of the owner of a dog when he or she is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon the person by the laws of…

Jeremy Thurman

What To Do if Bitten By A Dog

I just settled a dog bite case today. I had some good facts working for my case and some bad facts. The bad facts were simply it took forever to find the owner of the dog as my client tried to clean his wound’s himself and finally gave up and went to the doctor. Only after going to the doctor did he call animal control. Luckily we found the dog but I thought I would write some pointers on…

Jeremy Thurman

WHAT PERSONAL INJURY DAMAGES ARE RECOVERABLE FROM A DOG BITE?

Oklahoma dog bite laws are clear and explicitly stated Okla. Stat. Tit 4 § 42.1. Section 42.1 states that the owner or owners of any dog shall be liable for damages to the full amount of any damages sustained when his dog, without provocation, bites or injures any person while such person is in or on a place where he has a lawful right to be.What does that mean? Well it practically means if…

Jeremy Thurman

STRICT LIABILITY FOR DOG BITES – A LEGAL DISCUSSION

Oklahoma is a strict liability state for dog bites against the owner of the dog if you are able to prove ownership and that the dog actually bit someone. Strict liability may seem easy to prove, but when insurance companies are involved it is not always so ease. I’m going to write a short three part series explaining the basic principles of dog bite law in Oklahoma. In the coming days I will…

Jeremy Thurman

Who Pays for Damages In a Dog Attack

A recent comprehensive study of dog attack injuries revealed that dogs bite approximately 4.7 million Americans every year. Of these, about 800,000 dog bite victims require medical attention. Each year, 1.8% of the U.S. population is bitten by a dog. One out of every six of the dog bite victims has to seek medical care because of an attack. Tragically, almost half of all dog bite victims are…