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Dog Attacks and Liability

Devoted dog owners are everywhere you look in Colorado, and it’s easy for those dogs to become a liability if they have a tendency to bite. With strict bite laws, owners in Colorado are putting themselves at a major liability risk having a dog like this on their property or out in public.  

Liability and Negligence in Colorado

A dog owner can be held legally liable when a dog attack results in a serious injury or death, regardless of if the owner was not aware that the dog could be aggressive. They are strictly liable when the case involves severe injuries such as disfigurement, the impairment of bodily functions, and injuries that result in death. However, the injured person must have legally been on public or private property when the attack occurred in order to have a case.

If the injury is not serious or deadly, there can still be a negligence case if the attacked person can show that the owner failed to control the dog during the attack. This also applies in cases where the injury is not bite-related, such as a dog that knocks someone down.

What Can I Do If I’ve Been Bitten By a Dog?

Colorado dog owners are expected to take adequate steps to ensure that their dogs do not attack visitors. With approximately ⅓ of homeowners’ insurance claims being paid out attributed to dog bite claims, it’s become a very big deal. If you’ve been bitten by a dog in a place you were legally, you may be entitled to file a negligence- based claim stating that the owner failed to reasonably manage their dog.

“Beware of Dog” Signs

In the state of Colorado, dog owners cannot be held liable for a dog attack if they had one or more “Beware of Dog” signs appropriately placed on the property and the victim disregarded them and entered the property anyways.

Time Limits on Reporting a Dog Bite
You have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit holding the dog owner accountable. Otherwise, your case will be thrown out and you will not be privy to any damages you could have recovered.

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