What Are Your Rights If You Have Dog Bite Injuries?
Getting bitten by a dog is not just painful, but emotionally traumatic. The aftermath may range from physical scars to a lifelong fear of dogs. Children are especially vulnerable to lasting harm from a dog attack.
Colorado dog bite law is different from other states — and not in a good way. Without experienced legal representation, you may not be fully compensated (or compensated at all). At Flesch & Beck Law, our attorneys have a good track record in these cases and over 20 years of experience. We have the knowledge and courtroom skill to hold pet owners responsible if you or your child was injured in an animal attack.
It’s Not Easy To Get Compensation In A Colorado Dog Bite Case
Colorado does not have a strict liability statute. Dog owners are protected by the “one free bite” doctrine if their dog has never caused injury before.
To recover compensation, it may be necessary to show a vicious propensity — previous bites or a pattern of escaping, chasing, barking or snarling at passersby or attacking other animals.
You might have a cause of action if the owner negligently let the dog roam loose in public or intentionally sicced the dog on you. Some Colorado municipalities, such as the cities of Denver and Aurora, prohibit dangerous breeds like pit bulls and Rottweilers, which overrides the free bite doctrine if such a dog attacks. In some cases, landlords can be accountable for allowing tenants to harbor dangerous pets.
Our lawyers know the laws and how to apply them in your case to give you the best chance of maximum monetary recovery.
Dogs Can Cause Serious And Lasting Injuries — Ensure Yours Are Accounted For Fully
We will document your treatment and pursue compensation for all applicable damages such as:
- Bite or claw wounds
- Nerve damage or infection
- Facial scarring
- Reconstructive surgery
- Psychological trauma
- Severe anxiety around dogs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost time from work
Kevin Flesch and his team have represented both children and adults in a variety of scenarios. In one case, a child was badly mauled at a pet store, resulting in claims against the pet owner and the business. In another case, we obtained nearly $800,000 when a dog with a history of viciousness in California was brought to Colorado and it attacked again.
Thorough, independent investigations by our firm yield the evidence that makes these recoveries possible.
Find Out If You Have A Viable Dog Bite Case
Our attorneys can answer your questions and determine what insurance coverage may be available to cover your losses. Call Flesch & Beck Law at 720-689-0322 or contact us by email to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.
We have offices in Denver and Englewood, and we handle all premises liability claims on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid only if you get paid, and we take on all legal costs upfront.