At Cook, Bradford & Levy, we have seen countless numbers of dog bite injuries that unfortunately occur everyday in Boulder, Colorado. Some are unaware that they can hold the owner responsible and receive compensation for the expenses and injuries they incurred. Our dog bite attorneys are ready to help you if you have suffered injuries from a dog bite.
Dog bite injuries can be extremely painful and often have a difficult road to recovery. Sometimes a serious dog bite can impair your ability to work which adds additional stress to the victim. Dog bite attorneys can help you through the claim process to make sure your rights are protected. You should not hesitate calling a dog bite lawyer for advice after you have been bitten.
To determine who is at fault for a dog bite injury, we first determine who owns the dog. Colorado law imposes strict liability upon owners whose dogs seriously injure others. This means that an owner in Boulder can be liable for dog bite even if he or she had no knowledge of the animal’s propensity to attack or bite others.
However, Colorado’s dog bite law provides strict liability only for serious bodily injuries. In cases where the victim does not meet the definitions of serious bodily injuries, alternative theories of negligence must be used. Under Colorado’s dog bite law, the injured victim using strict liability can only recover for economic damages. They cannot therefore recover for pain, suffering, inconvenience, or loss of enjoyment of life. Choosing which method to pursue recovery is how a Boulder dog bite attorney can help.
In order to recover these non-economic damages, the victim must provide that the dog owner was negligent. Negligence can be proven through a violation of a leash law or other statute or regulation requiring owners to maintain control over their dogs or by showing the dog had a history of biting or threatening behavior that the owner knew about and still failed to keep the dog away from the victim.
However, you may not be able to recover damages for a Colorado dog bite if you trespassed onto another’s property, you provoked the dog, ignored a posted warning or you were performing a service for the dog. If you are bitten by a dog in Boulder while you are trespassing, you may be out of luck. An experienced dog bite lawyer can help you determine your legal options.
Hiring the right dog bite lawyer is critical to the outcome of your case whether you settle or go to trial. The experienced lawyers at Cook, Bradford & Levy know how to present the case to the insurance company so that you will have the best chance to get your claim resolved without ever having to go to court.
Our Boulder Dog Bite Attorneys at Cook, Bradford & Levy have extensive experience helping injured victims achieve successful outcomes and we have a deep understanding of Colorado laws of negligence and strict liability. Contact us at 303-543-1000 or via our online form for a free consultation regarding your dog bite claim. We also serve Denver, Lafayette, Louisville, and most of the Front Range.