COLORADO DOG BITE LAWYERS
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Dog bite attacks can be devastating for victims; many have suffered from debilitating injuries and hefty medical bills. Dog bites may also negatively affect an individual’s livelihood, health, and well-being.
Dog bite incidents invoke a broad variety of laws and practices that will vary depending on the specifics of the attack. Colorado dog bite laws involve a specific set of statutes that govern the proceedings of many dog bite claims. It is imperative that dog bite victims know what to do and whom to contact if they are injured in a dog bite incident.
HOW OFTEN DO DOG BITES HAPPEN?
Nearly one third of all US residents keep at least one dog as a pet; Americans own approximately 52 million domesticated dogs. Because there are so many, dog bite attacks happen every day somewhere in the country. On average, there are 2,400 reported dog attacks every day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. While 81% of dog bites cause no injury to a person at all, or only minor injuries that do not require medical attention, nearly 800,000 require either long-term medical treatment or extended hospitalization. According to the CDC, children are the most at-risk for dog bites, with dog bites posing a greater health problem for children than measles, mumps, and whooping cough combined. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of attacks involve dogs that are owned by the victim’s family or friends.
Every year, dog bite treatments cost insurance companies, victims, and owners more than $1 billion in treatment expenses. Unfortunately, dog bite attacks can happen to anyone, and they can be heartbreaking for the involved parties.
If you have been affected by a dog bite incident in Colorado, you should contact an attorney who handles dog bite cases to assess the specifics of your incident. A Colorado dog bite lawyer may be able to help you gather evidence, determine liability, and move forward with your claim. Zinda Law Group lawyers help dog bite attack victims in Colorado with free consultations every day.
TYPES OF DOG BITE INJURIES
Every dog bite is different; the injuries and damages caused by them depend on the specifics of the attack. Though victims claim varying injuries, some are commonly seen by medical professionals who typically treat dog bite victims. According to Dr. Wedro, a medical author and expert, common dog bite injuries include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Tetanus infections
- Rabies infections
- Muscle damage
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Burst blood vessels
Many domesticated dogs have rounded teeth that can exert extreme pressure, which may inflict significant damage to the tissues under a victim’s skin and underlying nerves. If you are involved in a dog bite incident, you should contact a medical professional as soon as possible. If left untreated, your injuries can evolve into an infection that may have devastating, long-term effects. A medical professional may be able to help treat your injuries and prevent any subsequent infections. Failing to seek any treatment to mitigate your injuries after an incident may bar you from legal recovery in some jurisdictions.
CAUSES OF DOG BITES
Although dog bite incidents may appear unpredictable, dog behavior experts claim that many are preventable. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are five common causes of dog bite attacks. Knowing the causes of dog bites may help an owner learn more about their animal and how to prevent future attacks. Additionally, knowing the reasons behind a dog bite may help victims allocate liability in a dog bite lawsuit. The top five common causes of dog bites include the following:
Some dog bites may happen because the animal is afraid of some part of their immediate surroundings. In these scary situations, a dog may feel uneasy or threatened, which may lead to a dog attack. If you own or are frequently around a dog, it may be smart to avoid cornering or boxing in the animal to protect yourself against this fear-based response.
Some dogs may be trained to protect property or their owners. As a result of this training, many dogs feel territorial. Many dog bites are caused by an unknown individual interfering with the dog’s territory. Dogs commonly feel threatened by unknown people or animals. Thus, it is wise to abstain from intruding on another’s property to avoid meeting one of these defensively trained animals.
Dogs, like people, may be hypersensitive when suffering from an illness. Dogs may lash out more frequently when sick due to increased sensitivity and irritability. If you are around a sick animal, it is best to leave it alone until it recovers.
A dog may bite as a reaction to a stressful situation. If the animal is being moved or jostled unexpectedly, it may feel uneasy and react accordingly. Thus, you should take care to handle the dog gently, especially if you do not know the animal’s personality or propensities.
Although some dog bites are aggressive responses, others are simply accidental. A dog may accidentally nip or bite during playful situations. Experts recommend avoiding rough play to ensure that you do not overly excite your animal, especially puppies who tend to nip more frequently than older dogs.
Adults and children should follow safety guidelines when being around an animal. Specifically, people should avoid interacting, confronting, or antagonizing unfamiliar animals, especially without the permission of the owner. Many dog bites may be preventable through education and care; unfortunately, some may not be. If you were injured in a dog bite accident, it is important to know the reasons behind the attack. Pinpointing the root cause of a dog bite incident may help you allocate liability among the responsible parties. Knowing the origin of the dog’s aggression may help you prove owner liability to the court and successfully proceed with your claim.
COLORADO DOG BITE LAWS
Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-21-124 addresses the rules for civil actions against dog owners whose animal caused injury to another. These statutes apply to any city or local jurisdiction within the state of Colorado. Colorado’s dog bite statute is a strict liability statute, which means that dog owners can be held liable for their dog’s bites, even if the dog had not previously displayed some sort of aggressive behavior. Under the statute, dog owners can be held liable if their dog bites someone who was lawfully on public or private property and if the bite caused serious bodily injury.
If you have been injured in a dog bite incident and can prove the aforementioned elements, you may be entitled to damages. Victims may be able recover damages for the following:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Psychological counseling costs
- Property damage
- Loss of earning power
- Future loss of income
Under Colorado’s dog bite statute, a plaintiff is only entitled to collect economic damages resulting from the incident. A person is not typically entitled to collect non-economic damages under the statute, but still may be able to do so under a regular negligence action. If the Colorado code section does not apply, there is nothing to stop an injured person from suing a dog owner under a standard negligence action.
Determining what damages are available in a particular case can be difficult, especially if you are not familiar with Colorado’s statutes and case law. If you sustained injuries in a dog bite attack, it may be beneficial to contact a Colorado dog bite lawyer who may be able to help you calculate your damages and seek the highest compensation amount possible.
GET HELP FROM ZINDA LAW GROUP’S DOG BITE LAWYERS
Dog bite attacks can be emotionally and physically devastating for victims. Significant injuries caused by dog bites can require long-term treatment and care. Dog bite injury claims can require extensive legal analysis and research, especially in cases involving serious injuries. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a dog bite attack, you should contact a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced Colorado injury attorney may be able to help you pursue legal recourse, evaluate your claim, and seek appropriate compensation for your injuries.
At Zinda Law Group, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue the highest compensation possible. Zinda Law Group may be able to provide you with personalized and quality consultation about the specifics of your legal claim. The sooner you contact our office, the better we may be able to serve you.
If you or your loved one was recently involved in a dog bite attack, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Colorado lawyers. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.