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Dog Bite

Dog Bite

We advocate for the responsible ownership, training, fencing, and leashing of dogs. Our lawyers are loving and responsible dog owners. In fact, our dogs, Walter, Boston, and Bella, are members of our law firm family. However, some people are not responsible dog owners and fail to train, fence, or leash their dogs. This oftentimes leads to dangerous dog attacks of parents and children in homes, at parks, and onsidewalks in your neighborhood.

A dog bite can lead to serious injuries ranging from bite marks and puncture wounds to permanent disfigurement, broken bones, loss of limbs, and even death. Many people, especially children, experience emotional distress following a dog attack. If you are a victim of a dog bite, it is important to call law enforcement and open an animal control investigation.

There are also various ways under Colorado law to hold responsible parties accountable for dog bite injuries. One way is under Colorado’s strict liability statute relating to civil actions against dog owners (“dog bite statute”), or Colorado Revised Statute Section 13-21-124. This statute allows a person who suffers serious bodily injury or death from being bitten by a dog while lawfully on public or private property to bring a claim for economic damages against the dog owner. Importantly, since this is a strict liability statute, this means that the dog owner will be responsible regardless of whetherthe dog had been vicious or injured someone else in the past and regardless of whether the dog owner knew of the dog’s viciousness. In other words, negligence is not required in order to prove strict liability.

Under Colorado’s dog bite statute, there are only 6 specific listed circumstances where the dog owner will not be liable, which include the following:
  • If the victim was attacked while trespassing;
  • If the attack occurred while the victim was on the dog owner’s property and the property is clearly marked with a sign stating, “no trespassing” or “beware of dog.”
  • If the attack occurred while the dog was being used by a peace officer or military personnel in the performance of official duty;
  • If the victim knowingly provoked the dog;
  • If the victim is a vet, dog groomer, humane agency staff, professional dog handler, trainer, or dog show judge acting in the scope of his respective duty; or
  • If the attack occurred while the dog was working as a hunting dog, herding dog, farm or ranch dog, or predator control dog on the property of the dog’s owner.
If you or your child sustained a serious injury from a dog bite, you may be able to recover from the dog owner’s renter’s or homeowner’s insurance. It is recommended that you contact a lawyer to assist you to discuss any available sources of recovery and guide you through the process.

Our lawyers have knowledge of your municipal and city codes related to dog ownership, fencing and leashing. We are skilled at investigating these types of injuries and understand the long-term injuries our clients experience.

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