Understanding Dog Bite Laws in Colorado

July 29, 2023by Brett Buchheit

Your Rights and Potential Compensation

Dog bite incidents can have severe physical and emotional consequences for victims. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog in Colorado, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the laws that protect your rights. At Rocky Mountain Personal Injury Lawyers, we are committed to providing comprehensive legal guidance and support for dog bite cases. Let’s explore the laws, your potential rights, and the compensation you may be entitled to as a dog bite victim.

Learn the Law and Know Your Rights

Colorado has specific laws in place to protect dog bite victims. Understanding these laws is essential for asserting your rights. Here are key legal considerations:

  1. Strict Liability: Colorado follows a “strict liability” rule, which means dog owners are typically held responsible for injuries caused by their pets. It doesn’t matter if the owner knew about the dog’s aggressive behavior or not. This law helps victims seek compensation without the need to prove the owner’s negligence.
  2. Statute of Limitations: In Colorado, there is a limited timeframe, known as the statute of limitations, within which a dog bite lawsuit must be filed. Generally, victims have two years from the date of the incident to initiate legal action. It’s crucial to consult with a personal injury attorney promptly to protect your rights within this timeframe.
  3. Landlord Liability: According to the Colorado Premises Liability Act (PLA), landlords could potentially also bear responsibility for dog bite injuries if they were aware or should have been aware of a tenant’s dog’s aggressive tendencies and failed to take necessary precautions.

Types of Compensation

 As a dog bite victim, you may be entitled to various forms of compensation, depending on the circumstances of your case. The potential compensation may include:

  1. Medical Expenses: Coverage for medical bills, hospitalization, surgeries, medications, and ongoing treatment related to your dog bite injuries.
  2. Lost Wages: Compensation for any income lost due to missed work during recovery or ongoing disabilities resulting from the incident.
  3. Pain and Suffering: Damages for physical pain, emotional distress, anxiety, and trauma experienced as a result of the dog bite incident.
  4. Rehabilitation and Therapy Costs: Compensation for physical therapy, counseling, or other forms of therapy required to recover from the emotional and physical aftermath of the incident.

What to Do If You’ve Been Bitten by a Dog

 If you’ve been bitten by a dog in Colorado, follow these crucial steps to protect your rights and strengthen your potential case:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Your health and well-being are top priorities. Get immediate medical care for your injuries, even if they seem minor.
  2. Document Evidence: Preserve evidence by taking photographs of your injuries, the scene of the incident, and any visible signs that may indicate the dog’s aggressive behavior, such as broken fences or warning signs.
  3. Gather Information: Obtain the dog owner’s contact information, including their name, address, and phone number. If possible, gather witnesses’ contact information as well.
  4. Report the Incident: File a report with local animal control authorities, providing details of the dog bite incident.
  5. Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney: Reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer specializing in dog bite cases. Here at RMPIL, we can evaluate your situation, guide you through the legal process, and help you seek the compensation you deserve.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you sue someone for their dog attacking your dog?

Yes, if someone’s dog attacks your dog in Colorado, you may have grounds to sue the dog owner for damages. Consulting with a dog bite attorney can help you understand your legal options.

What happens if a dog bites someone on your property?

If a dog bites someone on your property in Colorado, you may be held liable for the injuries, especially if you are the dog’s owner or responsible for the property. Seeking legal advice is crucial to understanding your potential liability.

What is a vicious dog charge?

In Colorado, a vicious dog charge may be filed against a dog that has demonstrated aggressive behavior or has attacked someone. The consequences can vary and may include fines, restrictions, or euthanasia, depending on the severity of the incident and local regulations.

If a dog bites someone, will it be put down?

In Colorado, whether or not a dog will be put down as a result of a bite incident depends on the severity of the bite and the circumstances surrounding it. The decision to euthanize a dog typically rests with local animal control authorities and is based on factors such as the dog’s history of aggression, the extent of the injuries inflicted, and the likelihood of future harm to others. It is important to report the incident to animal control so they can properly assess the situation and take appropriate action to ensure public safety.

Understanding dog bite laws in Colorado is crucial for victims seeking justice and compensation. At Rocky Mountain Personal Injury Lawyers, our dedicated team is here to assist dog bite victims throughout their legal journey. 

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, don’t hesitate to consult with our experienced attorneys who will fight to protect your rights, pursue fair compensation, and help you on the path to recovery. Contact us for a consultation and take the first step towards obtaining the justice you deserve.

Logo of Rocky Mountain Personal Injury Lawyers
730 W Hampden Ave Ste 306, Englewood, CO 80110
(720) 259-1615

Click Here To Schedule Your Free Consultation!

The attorneys at Rocky Mountain Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to improving lives. We know remarkable results don’t happen by accident; they require knowledge, experience, and tenacity.

Copyright © Rocky Mountain Personal Injury Lawyers LLC