In Case of A Dog Bite, File a Report and Seek Medical Advice
There are dog bites and there are dog bites. If a dog you know well gives you a one-time chomp when roughhousing, you should probably just clean the wound out and get on with the rest of your life. If you're attacked by a strange dog, off the leash, on the street, or in a park, however, you might be lucky to escape with your life.
Contact Western States Law, P.C., for a free consultation with an experienced Colorado dog bite personal injury lawyer if you or your child suffered serious injuries from dog bites or other animal attacks. Negligence law relating to animal attacks can be complicated, and you will probably need professional advice to recover the full range of damages that could result from the incident.
The Many States Have an Unusual Approach to Liability for Dog Bites
In some cases, a dog owner could be held liable for personal injury damages caused by the dog only if the owner has been on notice of the dog's likelihood to attack. This was known as the “one free bite” rule. This rule did not apply to certain breeds of dogs known to have vicious propensities. Dog bite law in Colorado now allows you to recover certain damages whether or not the owner knew of the dog's vicious propensities. The law is different, depending on the state in which the attack occurred.
We Know How To Prove Liability and Damages in Dog Bite Cases
At Western States Law, P.C., we know how to investigate Colorado dog bite cases to give you the strongest possible chance of success even in "first-bite" cases. What breed was the dog? What measures did the owner take to protect you or the general public? How was the dog treated or trained? Did the attack occur where small children were likely to be present? Was the dog provoked?
Whether or not the dog involved in your case had bitten before, the owner may be held liable for your medical expenses. In severe cases, involving extensive trauma to soft tissues or nerves, injuries, and medical expenses can be very substantial. Often times, as the result of a dog bite, plastic surgery may be necessary even years down the road. We know how to document damages claims in dog bite cases so that any future treatment or surgery will be covered in your claim.