A dog is supposed to be man’s best friend. Unfortunately, there are times when even the most docile dogs turn on unsuspecting neighbors, children, and family members. When a dog attacks, the results can be deadly—especially when the victim is a small child. Children who are bitten dogs often suffer serious bodily injury, including scarring and disfigurement. While the dog bite may have only taken seconds to occur—the effects can unfortunately last a lifetime.
Colorado’s dog bite statue imposes strict liability upon a dog owner whose dog causes serious bodily injury. For lesser injuries, a dog owner would be liable under the “one bite” rule.
It can be difficult to prove liability in many dog bite cases. As such, it is important to have an experienced Colorado dog bite lawyer on your side from the moment you are injured. At Reisch Law Firm, our attorneys will review your injuries and the incident to determine if you have cause to file a claim.
When Dogs Attack
If a dog has bitten you or someone you love, the dog owner may be responsible for your injuries. In order to determine liability, your lawyer will need to establish:
- If the dog had a history of aggression
- If the owner knew of the dog’s dangerous propensity
- If the dog already bit another individual
- If there were appropriate signs placed to warn of the dog’s danger
- If there were proper precautions taken to protect the public from the dog
- If you were invited on the property or trespassing at the time of the incident
- If your injuries are minor or constitute serious bodily harm
Colorado’s Dog Bite Liability Statute
Under Colorado’s dog bite liability statute, anyone who suffers “serious bodily harm” or death from a dog bite is entitled to recover economic damages against the dog owner—even if the dog does not have a history of aggression. In order to file a suit under this statue, the victim must have been lawfully on public or private property and must not have provoked the dog.
In dog bite cases that do not encompass serious bodily injury, the victim must prove that the dog owner was negligent.
Types of Dangerous Dogs in Colorado
Any dog can quickly turn aggressive and even the smallest of dogs can cause bodily injury—especially to a small child. Yet there are certain breeds that have a propensity towards aggression, including:
- German Shepherds
- Alaskan Malamutes
- Doberman Pinschers
- Chow Chows
- And more
Colorado Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
If a dog has injured you or someone you love, Colorado law is on your side. At Reisch Law Firm, our dog bite injury lawyers understand how difficult dog bite injuries can be. We know the emotional and physical pain dog bite victims endure for months and even years after the attack. That’s why we fight aggressively to obtain the maximum compensation for our clients and their families.
You are not alone—contact the Colorado dog bite injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at (303) 291-0555 for a free consultation. Serving Westminster, Boulder, Thornton, Lakewood and Denver metro.