Dog bites can be traumatic. Injuries include lacerations, disfigurement, and scarring
Most dog bites are unexpected and they rarely happen because someone decides to ignore a “Beware of Dog” sign. Dog bites may happen while visiting someone in their house or walking through their yard; even if it is a dog you have been around many times before.
Breed Doesn’t Matter
Another common misconception that people make is that only large dogs and those of certain breeds are a danger to them. For example, Pitt Bulls have a reputation for their violent behavior while Labrador retrievers are thought of as friendly and safe. Stereotypes can be just as misleading for dog breeds as they can be for people. You never know a strange dog’s story or what kind of temperament he may have based on his appearance. It is always best to try and avoid a dog bite altogether than to deal with the aftermath of a severe bite
Children are especially vulnerable to dog bites. They may pull on a dog’s tail and ears, causing a dog that has never bitten anyone before to become agitated and bite the child. When children are bitten, it is often to the face. Their small size can result in more severe damage and they may require one or more surgeries to repair the damage. The experience can also be one that causes a great deal of psychological grief to the child and their parents. If you can prove resulting pain and suffering caused by the bite, you may be able to recover more money to compensate.
Colorado Laws Related to Dog Bites
Colorado gives injured people two years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit in the state's civil court system. Missing this deadline means losing the right to get court-ordered compensation for an injury, therefore it's crucial to understand and abide by the personal injury statute of limitations as it applies to your case. Talking with Help in Colorado will help you in understanding these statues.
Strict Liability and Negligence?
Colorado uses a combination of both Strict Liability and Negligence to determine how cases are to be handled.
Colorado's dog bite statute applies a "strict liability" rule to hold the dog's owner liable when a dog bite causes serious injury or death. This liability applies even if the dog's owner did not know or could not have known that the dog would bite or act aggressively.
In order for Colorado's strict liability statute to apply, the injured person must be on public property or lawfully on private property when the injury occurs. The law only applies to injuries caused by dog bites.
For cases where an injury is not a serious or deadly one, Colorado's negligence rules apply. In a negligence dog bite case, the injured person must show that the owner failed to use reasonable care to control or restrain the dog, and a dog bite or other dog-related injury resulted.