Investigating Dog Bite and Animal Attack Injuries
If you or someone you love has sustained a dog bite or animal attack, you understand how traumatic and painful these injuries can be. You and your family may be dealing with years of plastic surgeries, rehabilitation, and therapy. You will need the services of a Colorado dog bite personal injury attorney. A dog bite attorney, with extensive knowledge litigating and negotiating dog bite injuries, is crucial to receiving the compensation to which you are entitled. Our firm also handles serious dog bite and animal attack cases in Wyoming and Utah.
In the state of Colorado, to recover medical expenses, your attorney does not need to prove that the owner had knowledge of the dog's aggression, nor does the attorney have to prove that the dog had dangerous propensities. The dog owner is strictly liable for your medical expenses. The laws are different in each state.
To recover for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and disfigurement, you may need to establish that the owner of the dog, or, perhaps the property owner where the incident took place knew that the dog had bitten before. If you cannot prove that the dog had a history of being vicious, it may be enough to establish that the owner of the dog, or the property, should have known the dog was a danger. This may require phone calls to neighbors, delivery drivers, or even the U.S. Postal service.
Your attorney should consult with medical professionals to determine if you will have lifelong scarring or permanent nerve damage. The cost of these future procedures will need to be determined in order to receive full compensation. It is also important to determine all potential insurance coverage. This may include homeowners, renters, or an umbrella insurance policy.
Your ability to recover for a dog bite or animal attack may also depend on your legal status as a guest, invitee or trespasser. Before making statements to adjusters, you should consult with a top dog bite personal injury attorney.
For help with your investigation and a free consultation about your rights in the aftermath of a severe dog bite or animal attack incident, call 303-400-8100 to contact a top, experienced, personal injury attorney at Norton, Bowers & Hofstra, P.C. We are located in Aurora, Colorado but handle dog bite and animal attack cases on a percentage basis throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Home, evening, and weekend visits are available.
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