Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they are still animals that can easily attack. Every dog breed is capable of harming someone, not just those that are considered to be dangerous. Around 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. One out of five of these victims will suffer injuries that require immediate medical attention. If you have been bitten by a dog, it’s important that you understand your legal options.
Who is Liable For Your Dog Bite Injuries?
Each state has its own rules regarding who should be held responsible in the event that a dog bites and injures someone. If a dog bites someone in Colorado and causes serious bodily injury, the dog’s owner can be held responsible. This is true even if it is the first time that the dog has attacked someone and the owner had no reason to believe that the dog was aggressive. The owner is also responsible regardless of whether the dog bite occurred on private or public property.
There are a few exceptions to this rule. If the victim was illegally trespassing on the property at the time of the attack, the owner cannot be held liable. The owner is also not responsible if the victim was provoking the dog prior to the attack. You will not be able to recover compensation if the dog was involved in military or police work when you were bitten. If the attack occurred on the owner’s private property, he will not be liable if he had clearly posted signs warning people to stay away from the dog.
It can be difficult to determine if the dog owner is liable for the injuries that you have sustained, which is why you should get in touch with a dog bite attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
The Long-Term Consequences of a Dog Bite
Dog bites often lead to open wounds that vary in severity. Some are minor and can be easily treated, while others may require stitches or even surgery to repair the damage. There is also a high risk of these wounds becoming infected, which could lead to further health complications.
Dog bite victims may suffer long-term emotional consequences, too. Being attacked by a dog can be traumatic, especially for children or those who already feared animals. Victims who have been scarred or disfigured as a result of the dog bite may suffer from low self-esteem following the attack. In some cases, victims may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the incident.
Contact A Dog Bite Attorney at Reisch Law Firm
Many dog bites are covered by the owner’s homeowners’ insurance policy. But, negotiating with an insurance company can be challenging without an experienced dog bite attorney on your side. Our team of attorneys will communicate directly with the insurance company and fight tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. To discuss your legal options in greater detail, schedule a free consultation with a dog bite attorney at Reisch Law Firm by calling 303-291-0555.