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 Denver or anywhere in Colorado, contact me today for a free consultation at (303) 454-8000 or (800) ROSEN-911. I’ve handled thousands of dog bite cases. I’ve seen a case just like yours, and I can help you through it.
Resources On Colorado Dog Bite Cases
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If you have been the victim of a dog bite in Colorado, you need answers to some common questions about the law and how to be compensated for your injury.
Dog Bite Statistics
- Pit bull
- Mixed breeds
- Jack Russell Terrier
- German shepherd
There are approximately 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S. each year, with 800,000 of them resulting in the need for medical attention.
Does Colorado Have a Specific Dog Bite Law?
The one bite rule pertains to whether the owner had any prior knowledge of how dangerous his dog could be. “Under this common law doctrine, a dog owner or handler is not liable for injuries caused by their dog unless he or she was aware that the dog had dangerous or vicious propensities. Thus, the plaintiff must prove that (a) the dog previously bit someone, and (b) the defendant was aware of the dog’s previous conduct.”
Bitten by a Dog? What You Should Do Next
- 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.
What If I’m Not Sure Who Owns the Dog That Bit Me?
Determining Liability in a Colorado Dog Bite Case
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
Can the Landlord Be Held Liable If a Dog Bit Me on His Property?
How Does Colorado Law Distinguish "Bodily Injury" from “Serious Bodily Injury?”
The law defines a serious bodily injury as an injury which “either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, involves a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body, or breaks, fractures, or burns of the second or third degree.”
Are There Any Circumstances in Which I Will Be Unable to Recover at All?
In Colorado, Are the Damages I Can Recover Limited?
What Will Happen to the Dog That Attacked Me? Will It Be Put Down?
Do I Need a Lawyer to Pursue a Dog Bite Claim in Colorado?
If you’ve sustained injuries due to a dog bite in Colorado, contact the Law Offices of Daniel R. Rosen online or call 303-454-8000 to schedule your free initial consultation today.