The Colorado Dog Bite Lawyers
Dog laws vary between Colorado counties, however, one law remains consistent through all counties; Colorado Revised Statute 13-21-124, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dog. According to this law, a person who has been bitten by a dog does not need to prove that the owner of the dog knew it would bite because of previous displays of aggression. This generally means that is it easier to prove a dog bite case under this law.
C.R.S 13-21-124 – Colorado Dog Bite Law
Colorado’s dog bite law says that any person who is seriously injured or killed by a dog attack is allowed by law to bring a civil lawsuit for recovery of economic damages. However, there are limitations to the law, which are as follows:
The law only applies to serious bodily injury, which is defined in Colorado as involving a significant risk of death, permanent disfigurement, loss or impairment of any part of the body or organ, fractures, breaks, or second or third-degree burns.
The law does not apply to any person who is trespassing on public or private land, nor while a person is on land which is marked clearly with ‘No Trespassing’ or ‘Beware of Dog’ signs.
It also does not apply if the dog is a working police or military dog, or while the dog is working as a farm/ranch, herd, or hunting dog or predatory control dog on its owner’s property or while under their control.
The law also does not apply if the person who is bit is a veterinary health care worker, dog groomer, professional dog handler, dog trainer, humane agency staff person or dog show judge doing their respective duties.
The Ramos team is here to help you with many years of experience handling vicious dog personal injury cases. Equally important, we have Dr. Joseph Ramos, an emergency medicine physician who is also an attorney. We truly are a law firm that cares about people just like a doctor cares for his patient.
If you or your loved one have been seriously injured by a dog, contact your Colorado dog bite attorney as soon as possible.
Colorado Dog Bite Statistics
There aren’t many regulated agencies tracking dog bites within the United States. However, an investigation by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News and 9News, found that at least eight people are bitten by dogs each day in cities and towns along the Colorado Front Range.
In fact, information collected over six months found that over 6,000 dog bites were reported to animal control officials or police officers between Colorado Springs and Boulder. Researchers collected detailed information about nearly 2,000 dog bites from three jurisdictions which showed that about 34 percent of those bites were to the hand, followed by leg bites (23 percent), bites to the ears, nose, or throat (19.4 percent), and arms bites (15 percent).
Colorado Dog Bite Frequently Asked Questions
No – Colorado’s dog bite law, C.R.S 13-21-124, specifically state that the law does not apply to any case where the dog bite victims was knowingly provoking the dog that bit them.
Yes – under the state’s dog bit law, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking damages for your injuries. Also, if the owner had previous knowledge that the dog was aggressive, you may be able to file a motion to have the dog euthanized.
Colorado has what is called the “one bite rule” that says if an owner knows their dog is vicious or dangerous because it has bitten someone, and then the dog bites again, you may be able to seek non-economic damages for your pain and your suffering.
No – C.R.S. 13-21-124 says that the law does not pertain to any person who was bitten by a police dog while the dog was performing its duties.
There may be more than one law working in your favor. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it sounds like you should be able to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner for economic damages, however if the dog has bitten someone before, you may also be able to file non-economic damages also. Speak to one of the dog bite attorneys at the Ramos Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your case, at no charge to you.
The law says that if you were lawfully on the property when you were bitten by the dog, then you may be able to file for economic recovery. You should speak to an experienced Colorado dog bite attorney right away to find out how we can help.
Injuries by dangerous or aggressive dogs are quite common. In Colorado, about 3,000 dog bites are reported each year. This means that about 57 people