Dog Bite Laws
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 bit 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
If my neighbor was leaning over my fence and teasing my dog until the dog jumped up and bit my neighbor’s nose, can he sue me?
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.
A dog in the neighborhood bit my leg as I was walking past its house. The dog is supposed to be fenced in, but he was roaming free. Can I file a lawsuit against the owner for my medical bills?
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.
I have suffered greatly from a dog bite to my neck and face. How can I recover damages for my pain and suffering?
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.
My child was bitten in the face by the dog of a friend who was visiting. I think the dog has bitten other children. Can I file a lawsuit under Colorado’s dog bite law?
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.
My friend’s dog bit my hand when I was feeding him. I ended up losing two fingers and my medical bills are through the roof. Can I file a lawsuit to get help with my medical costs and therapy?
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.
Have You Been Injured
by a Dog Bite?
The Colorado dog bite attorneys at Ramos Law have been fighting for the rights of victims of dog attacks for nearly a quarter century. Emergency medical physician and attorney Dr. Joseph Ramos and the Ramos Law dog bite injury team have the skills and experience to guide you through complex legal and medical processes.
Choosing an attorney can be tough. We welcome you to contact us if you need help and want to work with a talented law firm that truly cares about people. You will notice that right away the first time you contact us. We will do all that we can to help you and your family.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, call Ramos Law now at (303) 731-4477 or complete a complimentary, no-obligation, case evaluation form.