Denver Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered moderate, severe, or permanent injuries as a result of a dog attack, seek a no-obligation consultation by calling the injury lawyers of The Bourassa Law Group today at (303) 331-6186 or filling out an online contact form. Our settlement-securing Denver attorneys want to fight for you.
Dogs are commonly referred to as man’s best friend. However, unexpected attacks by these animals can result in catastrophic injuries or even death.
Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur every year in America with 20 percent of those bites becoming infected and leading to bigger issues. While many minor dog bites go unreported, nonetheless, the cases that are reported prove the dangers associated with violent dog behavior.
Injuries caused by dog bites can result in tens of thousands of dollars in treatment costs. But it isn’t just physical scars that are left. A severe dog attack can result in life-long mental health issues caused by heavy emotional trauma.
Our Denver dog bite injury attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group recognize that no amount of money can ever help you fully recover from a dog attack. However, recovering compensation can help to alleviate the burden of medical bills and other related damages.
The compassionate attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group want to help you seek justice and receive the maximum compensation available for your unique situation. We’ll make sure to provide the personalized attention you and your case deserve. You are not alone during this time of need.
Types of Injuries That Result From a Dog Bite
Research has been done on the prevalence of bites according to dog breed. A 2012 investigation revealed the most common dog breeds to be highly represented in biting incidents included:
- German Shepherds
- Mixed Breeds
- Pit Bull type
- Jack Russel Terrier
- Chow Chow
- Saint Bernard
- Labrador Retriever
The fact of the matter is that while we know quite a bit about dog behavior, they can – at times – still be unpredictable. This is especially true when dealing with stray animals, dogs that lack human socialization, or even dogs that may have suffered neglect or abuse in the past.
A dog can attack and cause the following injuries:
- Severe Bite Wounds – The pressure exerted by a dog’s strong jaw and sharp teeth can puncture the skin, wounding and tearing human flesh. The dog may also sink their canine’s into a victim’s body and hold tight, shaking their head to induce more damages.
- Facial Scars – Dogs tend to aim for the face, nose, cheeks, and lips, and these severe bites often leave facial scars. This can leave a victim disfigured or needing reconstructive surgery. In 2015, nearly 28,000 individuals had to get plastic or reconstructive surgery to fix damages caused by dog bites.
- Head or Brain Injury – Larger breeds of dogs can clamp down on a victim’s head to constrain them, causing injuries as minor as bumps to those as severe as a fractured skull. The impact of a dog that launches at you may also knock you down, resulting in knocking your head on a hard surface. Brain damage can occur in the most severe cases of dog attacks.
- Crushed or Broken Bones – Depending on the breed, a dog may have the power to damage bones with their jaw, as they apply pressure for prolonged periods, shaking the victim back and forth. The force at which an animal pushes you to the ground can also cause broken bones. These situations are especially true for children and the elderly.
- Physical and Emotional Injury – Aside from the minor to permanent physical injuries that a dog can cause, mental and emotional damages are also common. Post-traumatic stress, fear, and anxiety can affect victims long after the occurrence. The dog bite can result in the loss of trust, especially with other domestic animals.
- Rabies – Stray dogs can potentially carry diseases, which are thus transmitted to a victim through a bite. These diseases can pose a threat to your nervous and neurological systems. Even in minor dog injuries, seek medical attention to assess the dangers!
- Death – Although domesticated, dogs need to be treated with the same respect as any other powerful animal. When threatened, they can attack in a sudden and violent manner that can lead to death. This is especially true in cases of multiple dogs attacking a single victim.
Do you need help recovering from a painful and terrifying dog attack? The Denver dog bite injury attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group have the necessary knowledge to help you secure full compensation for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call us right now at (303) 331-6186 for a no-obligation consultation.
Colorado Laws Regarding Dog Bites
Colorado has a strict liability statute, which means that a pet owner is liable for injuries caused by their dog, even if there were no previous incidents which showed that the dog had violent tendencies.
The owner of the dog that bit you can be held responsible for damages if:
- The dog bit you while you were lawfully on public or private property.
- The bite caused “serious bodily injury” or even death.
- “Serious bodily injury” means bodily injury which, either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, involves a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body, or breaks, fractures, or burns of the second or third degree.
It is worth noting that in the state of Colorado, you have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner. If you fail to file a claim against the owner within this time, your case is likely to be thrown out – meaning you will not be able to recover any damages.
Preventing Severe Dog Bites and Attacks
The city of Denver defines a ‘dangerous dog’ as one with the propensity to attack or a history of aggression. Although animal behavior can be unpredictable, it is important to be aware of potential causes and take the necessary steps to protect yourself or your loved one if you feel that a dog may attack.
Individuals should take caution with their own pets as well as unfamiliar dogs.
Here are 5 tips to avoid a severe or deadly dog attack:
- Never leave a child unattended with, or allow them to be too close to a dog, even if it is familiar. Dogs bites to children may result from a dog’s natural defense mechanism or even out of playfulness.
- Do not approach stray or unfamiliar dogs.
- If you intend to interact with a dog, allow them to sniff you and catch your scent so that they can be comfortable with you.
- Never poke, hit, tease, or provoke a dog.
- Avoid touching a dog if they appear to be physically injured as they may be more sensitive and defensive.
If you come in contact with a stray dog or unfamiliar dog, take extra caution and assess the situation. You do not know if the animal lacks human socialization, has been neglected, or abused – factors which all play into potential aggression towards unfamiliar humans.
It’s also worth noting the physical signals that a dog displays prior to reacting aggressively:
- Stiff posture
- Raised hair on the back of head and neck
- Downturned corners of the mouth
- Locked eyes
- Lowered head
- Tongue licking
- Growling and barking
Seek personalized legal attention from the qualified and experienced Denver dog accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group by contacting us at (303) 331-6186. We’ll make sure you receive top-notch services and obtain full compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
Recovering From a Dog Bite
Should you decide to file a claim against the dog owner, you will want to adhere to the following guidelines:
- It is absolutely essential that you seek medical attention if you have been attacked by a dog and suffered injuries. Do not wait to seek treatment. Waiting for several days or weeks can make it appear as if your injury was not serious.
- Take photos of your injury.
- Collect and maintain all medical documents.
- Follow your doctor’s orders and make sure to attend all follow-up meetings.
- Take photos and create a journal where you note the healing/treatment process.
- Contact your insurance company and see if you are protected in any manner.
- Takes notes whenever speaking with your insurance provider.
Last but not least, speak with the knowledgeable Denver personal injury attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group about your incident so that we can begin investigating your claim. We are confident in our ability to help you recover the maximum amount of available compensation to assist you in your recovery.
We’ll guide you throughout the entire process, making sure to discuss your case with you in clear terms. We want to make sure that you feel absolutely comfortable with us and we’ll work diligently to earn your trust.
In Colorado, dog owners are responsible for compensating victims of injuries caused by their dog’s aggression.
Should you or a loved one be attacked by a violent dog and suffer a dog bite, let the experienced dog bite injury attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group help you recover all possible compensation.
Do not suffer in silence. Call us today at (303) 331-6186 or fill out a contact request form to learn more about how we can help you.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.