Q:

I was recently bitten by a dog and had multiple stitches in my hand. I tried to discuss the situation with the dog's owners, but they denied the incident completely. Can I file a lawsuit to pay for medical bills?

A:

While many dog owners try to deny the incident, they are still legally responsible for their dog's actions. According to Colorado law, you can seek financial compensation for injuries if they are severe, even if the dog never had a history of biting. An experienced dog bite attorney can review your case and determine if your injuries are severe enough to legally seek compensation.

Q:

I was bitten by a neighbor’s dog recently while walking through the neighborhood. My injuries became infected and I spent weeks in the hospital recovering. I even had to spend the next few months in rehabilitation therapy for my hand. I want to be compensated for my medical expenses and my physical therapy, but I am not sure that I want to file a lawsuit. Should I still contact a dog bite attorney?

A:

Yes. Hiring an attorney is not the same thing as filing a lawsuit. Your dog bite attorney can discuss all of your legal options and help you choose the one that is right for you. In many cases, your dog bite attorney may simply be able to negotiate a fair settlement with the dog owner's insurance company to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, and lost wages.

Q:

I have been bitten by a dog that was roaming the neighborhood. Who do I call?

A:

First, you should have your wounds dressed and treated by a medical professional to reduce the risk of infection. Then you should call the police and county authorities to report the incident. If the dog is a stray, animal control may need to find it so it does not continue to injure other people. In addition, you should contact a Colorado dog bite attorney immediately to discuss all of your legal options.