If you’ve been bitten by a dog while lawfully on public or private property in Colorado, you’re protected by law. The attorneys at CO Injury Law have years of experience advocating for dog bite victims and recovering the money they deserve.
Your actions immediately following an animal attack could affect your eventual dog bite claim. We recommend taking the following actions:
Colorado statute CRS 13-21-124 governs dog bites. This law imposes strict liability on owners when their dog bites a person who is lawfully on public or private property. The person who was bitten is entitled to recover economic damages against the dog owner even if the dog has never attacked anyone or displayed violent tendencies previously.
For the dog owner to be considered strictly liable, the following conditions must apply: The victim must suffer serious bodily injury or death as the result of a dog bite, and the victim must be lawfully on public or private property when the dog attack occurred.
Serious bodily injury is different from bodily injury. The law defines bodily injury as any physical injury that causes bruising, muscle tears, or skin lacerations requiring medical treatment or corrective or cosmetic surgery.
Serious bodily injury involves a high risk of death and a significant risk of severe, long-lasting, or permanent disfigurement. A body part or organ is at risk of loss or impairment with serious bodily injury. The label covers broken bones, fractures, and second- or third-degree burns.
The dog owner is not liable under these circumstances:
In all of these situations the owner of the dog is not liable for damages even if you sustained serious bodily injury.
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Under the Colorado statute, a person bitten by a dog is only entitled to collect economic damages, which include:
A person is not entitled to collect “non-economic” damages, like pain and suffering, under the statute but can do so under a regular negligence action.
The victim of a dog attack cannot collect non-economic damages, which include:
Proving negligence can be complicated. If you have any questions about your case, contact us for a free consultation.
If you’ve been attacked by a dog, we can help sort out the elements of your situation and determine if you qualify to recover damages. Call us today.