Some barks come with a bite
Some dogs are more lovable than others. It’s true, Colorado loves its dogs, but when a dog, or other domesticated animal, attacks or bites you without provocation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses.
In Colorado, if the bite results in serious injury, you may be entitled to your economic losses (medical bills, lost wages, etc) without having to prove that the owner did anything wrong (for example, if the owner knew the dog was dangerous and didn’t properly restrain it). This law is codified in Colorado’s dog bite statute (Colorado Revised Statute 13-21-124).
Other losses you may be entitled to recover
There are a variety of ways to recover compensation after an animal bite. You may qualify for compensation for your non-economic losses – such as pain, emotional suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life – if you can prove that the owner knew or should have known about the dog’s dangerous characteristics before the attack and didn’t take appropriate measures to restrain it, or if the attack was caused by the owner’s violation of animal control laws.
It is important to contact a local personal injury attorney right away if you’ve been injured in an animal or dog attack, or if you know someone who has.