Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer
Serving Denver & the Greater Colorado Area for Three Decades
Every day, 1,000 Americans require emergency care for a dog bite injury, and in many cases the victim may have a legal right to recover civil damages from the dog’s owner.
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite or dog attack in Colorado, you can contact me for a free consultation at (303) 454-8000 or toll-free at (800) ROSEN-911, or by filling out the form on the right. I’ve handled tens of thousands of dog bite and other personal injury cases. I’ve seen a case just like yours, and I can help you through it!
Below you’ll find helpful information and resources on dog bite injuries and claims in Colorado.
According to DogsBite.org, the dog breeds whose attacks are most often responsible for serious injuries and deaths include:
- Pit bull terrier
Molosser breeds, which make up over 9% of the total dog population, account for 76% of all dog attacks on children and 72% of all attacks that result in fatalities. From 2005 to 2013, pit bulls killed 176 Americans and accounted for 62% of the total recorded deaths from dog attacks.
Bitten by a Dog? What You Should Do Next
If you’ve been bitten by a dog and the attack resulted in injury, there are two things you should do as soon as possible:
- Seek medical attention. When untreated, dog bites can cause serious injury, infection, and possibly death if the animal was diseased.
- Get legal advice. After receiving medical treatment, you should consult with an attorney who handles dog bite cases. An experienced injury attorney will be able to evaluate your case and tell you whether or not you might have a legal claim against the dog’s owner. But don’t wait too long — the statute of limitations to file a claim for injuries sustained from a dog bite in Colorado is two years from the date of the attack.
Determining Liability in a Colorado Dog Bite Case
When deciding who is at fault for a dog bite injury, one thing must be determined: who owns the dog? Colorado, like many states, imposes what is known as strict liability upon owners whose dogs injure others. According to the legal theory of strict liability, an owner is liable for an animal bite even if he or she had no knowledge of the animal’s propensity to be dangerous or that it had a tendency to attack.
Colorado’s dog bite statute provides for strict liability but applies only to serious bodily injuries and relies upon restrictive definitions of bodily injury and serious bodily injuries. If someone is relying solely on Colorado’s dog bite statute, they can only recover for economic damages, meaning they cannot recover for:
- Emotional distress not resulting from actual physical injury
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
To receive full compensation for a dog bite in Colorado, or to receive any compensation at all in the case of non-qualifying injury, the victim must prove that the incident resulted from one of the following:
- Negligent or intentional conduct on the part of the dog owner
- Violation of a dangerous dog law, a leash law or any law prohibiting dogs from running at large
- Ownership of a dog knowing that the animal has a history of dangerous or vicious propensities, meaning biting or threatening to bite people
When a Dog Owner May Not Be Responsible
Colorado’s dog bite law provides that a dog owner is not liable in certain circumstances, such as when the victim:
- Was trespassing on public or private property
- Ignored any clear warning signs such as “beware of dog” that the dog owner may have posted on his property
- Provoked the dog
- Was performing duties as a veterinary health care worker, dog groomer, humane agency staff member, professional dog handler, trainer, or dog show judge at the time of the incident
- Was bitten by a working dog on a farm or ranch or one that was performing hunting, herding, or predator control duties on the property or under the control of its owner
Caps on Recovery for Colorado Dog Bites
In Colorado, recovery for non-economic damages is limited to $300,000 in most instances, a cap that changes from year to year. However, if the victim suffered physical impairment or disfigurement as a result of the dog bite, there is no limit on recovery.
Contact Colorado Dog Bite Attorney Daniel R. Rosen Today
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, you can contact me today for a free consultation by filling out the contact form, or by calling our office at (303) 963-9975 or (800) ROSEN-911.
At the Law Offices of Daniel R. Rosen, it’s our goal to get you through your personal injury claim as quickly and smoothly as we can. I personally handle every single case that comes across my desk, and I have nearly three decades of experience handling dog bites and other personal injury cases.
I’ve settled over $100 million in accident cases for my clients. I can get you the settlement you deserve, and you don’t have to pay me until I come through for you!