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Pushchak Law Firm, Denver’s Trusted Dog Bite Lawyers

Holding Dog Owners Responsible to the Letter of the Law

It would be great if every pup you saw on the street or in your neighborhood was the friendly, furry, cuddly kind, but sometimes that’s just not true. On occasion, even a generally well-behaved dog can have an episode and when you end up on the wrong end of an angry dog’s jaws, the results can be far worse than you might think. Serious injuries can result from a dog bite, not to mention the lasting emotional and psychological damage you may face. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, call us to learn what your options are and determine what the best course of action may be.

Some of the most common resulting injuries of dog attacks are:

Colorado Law – Strict Liability for Dog Owners

In the State of Colorado, owners are held strictly liable for injuries that their dogs cause. Even if they had no previous knowledge that the animal was capable of being aggressive, they may be responsible for economic damages, such as medical bills and the cost of rehabilitation. In addition to this, if it can be proven that the owner showed negligent or intentional conduct leading to an attack and injuries, victims may be able to recover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. As experienced Denver personal injury lawyers, we are here to help protect your rights and ensure you receive a fair outcome.

Who is going to pay for my injuries?

In most situations, we attempt to locate an insurance policy that will provide coverage for your specific case. Whether this is a homeowner’s policy, an automobile policy, or a commercial policy for a business, it is always helpful to have an insurance company involved and to pay your damages rather than pursuing someone who may not have the ability to pay themselves. We also investigate all other sources of potential recovery so you may make the educated decision regarding your case.

Working Tirelessly to Hold Negligent Dog Owners Responsible

If you or a loved one have suffered personal injury from a dog bite, it is important to act immediately and retain the services of a knowledgeable and caring Denver injury attorney. At Pushchak Law Firm we have 24/7 call service and we are available to make after-hour and weekend appointments for clients. You are our priority, and we can work tirelessly to hold negligent dog owners responsible and help you get the fair compensation you need.

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Denver, and Colorado, for that matter, is a very dog-friendly state. People here love their dogs! And, people love being outdoors with their doors, enjoying our abundant sunshine and wealth of activities. Unfortunately, this also brings a lot of people into contact with dogs, and sadly, dog attacks will happen.

Understanding Dog Bite Personal Injury Cases

Here at Pushchak Law, we endeavor to help you make informed decisions. Over the years, we have written extensive information on dog bites and attacks in Colorado in an attempt to help you better understand your choices. Below are some dog bite resources we have put together:

Denver Pit Bull Ban Debate

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Simple Dog Bite Case?

Signs a Dog Is Dangerous

Understanding Colorado Leash Laws

Dangers of Dog Bites

How to Report a Dog Bite

Should I Sue for a Dog Bite Injury?

Preventing Dog Bite Cases

Truth About Dog Bite Cases

Will the Dog be Put Down if it Bites Someone?

Denver Dog Bite Facts

According to the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) there were 518 reported dog bites in 2019.  Here is a breakdown of the most offending breeds:

  1. Labrador Retriever: 54 (10%)
  2. Germ Shepherd: 49 (9%)
  3. Unknown Dog: 42 (8%)
  4. American Bulldog: 41 (7%)
  5. Pit Bull: 38 (7%)
  6. Australian Cattle Dog: 27 (5%)
  7. Siberian Husky: 23 (4%)
  8. Chihuahua (Short Hair): 18 (3%)
  9. Border Collie: 16 (3%)
  10. Boxer: 15 (2%)
  11. Bull Terrier: 13 (2%)
  12. Rottweiler: 12 (2%)
  13. English Bulldog: 10 (1%)
  14. Shih Tzu: 10 (1%)
  15. West Highland Terrier: 10 (1%)
  16. Beagle: 8 (1%)
  17. Australian Shepherd: 6 (1%)
  18. Mastiff: 6 (1%)
  19. Miniature Poodle: 6 (1%)
  20. Chihuahua (Long Hair): 4 (0%)
  21. Chinese Shar Pei: 4 (0%)
  22. Chow Chow: 4 (0%)
  23. Dachshund: 4 (0%)
  24. Doberman Pinscher: 4 (0%)
  25. German Shorthaired Pointer: 4 (0%)
  26. Others: 90 (17%)

Do note, that Pit Bulls are currently banned in Denver, but they also accounted for 7 percent of the reported dog bites. However, as Pit Bulls are banned, they could be reported as “unknown breed” by their owners.

Where Dog Bites Happen

Most reported dog bites occur at home. However, the second most is from off-leash dogs in public. Third, most are on-leash dogs, also in public.

Who Dogs Bite

Looking again, at reported data from the DDPHE, here is the breakdown of relationships to the dog:

  1. Neighbor: 94
  2. Family: 56
  3. Owner: 44
  4. Volunteer: 38
  5. Staff: 28
  6. Delivery person: 27
  7. Vet: 13
  8. Friend: 9
  9. Petsitter: 4
  10. Roommate: 3

Dog Bite Severity Reporting

There are four levels of dog bites, but they are on a scale of 2 to 5. Level 2 is the least severe, while Level 5 is the most serious.

Getting a Fair Dog Bite Injury Outcome

As Dog Bite attorneys, we see a lot of factors that impact the outcome of your case. But, it starts with the injury itself.

You must have documentation of your injury, including any medical records. Also, be sure to file a report with animal control or the police. If others witnessed the attack, collect their contact information, as well as that of the dog owner.

If your injuries are severe, strict liability applies to the owner. There are several types of serious injury:

Non-serious dog bites that do not fall under the above list are premises liability laws. In these cases, we have to show that the owner acted negligently and did not exercise reasonable care or attention to the dog, resulting in the attack. Under this premise, the dog owner does assume liability, unless the victim has entered the owner’s property illegally or if the victim provoked the dog.

In most cases, Colorado currently limits recovery for non-economic damages. But, if the injury is serious, such as permanent disfigurement, the limit does not apply.

Do You Need a Dog Bite Attorney

The fact of the matter is that more than 5 million people in the US are dog bite victims per year. However, insurance only pays about 14,000 claims per year. While there is no law requiring you to hire a lawyer, it is highly recommended you do. As we work on a contingency basis, you have nothing to lose, allowing us to represent you as your dog bite attorney. We know how to represent your case to the insurance company so you can get resolution, often without having to go to court.

Give us a call at 303-372-6145 for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can even schedule a consultation online.

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