Dog Bite Lawyer in Colorado
Holding Negligent Dog Owners Responsible in Colorado
Dog bites can cause both physical and psychological harm. If a dog bite victim in Colorado can show that the bite caused serious bodily injury, the victim may sue the dog's owner for economic damages, like medical expenses and lost wages (if the victim misses work due to medical treatment, for example). In these cases, the dog's owner may be liable regardless of the dog's dangerous tendencies and regardless of whether the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous.
Other Potential Damages You May Be Eligible to Recover
In addition to economic damages, victims are also able to collect compensation for emotional distress and pain and suffering if they can demonstrate that the dog owner:
- Acted negligently or intentionally
- Violated a leash law
- Knew the dog had a tendency to be dangerous or vicious
As personal injury attorneys, it is our goal to guide clients successfully through their legal journeys and to handle the complexities while they focus on their recoveries. To ease the burden on injured victims and their families, we handle dog bite cases on a “no recovery, no fee” basis. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Call (303) 678-0560 to request an initial review of your case.
No Upfront Costs & No Recovery, No Fee
At Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., we accept personal injury cases, like dog bites, on a contingency fee basis; that means we don't get paid unless you do. We’re in this together! Our fee and the case costs we advance for you come out of the money we get for you. No recovery, no fee. It’s that simple.
Injured by a Dog? Let’s Discuss Your Options
Dog bites take severe physical, mental, and emotional tolls on the injured person and their family. There is the physical recovery and medical bills, and often individuals are forced to miss work and can’t provide for their families. To make matters worse, insurance companies consistently offer injured individuals much less than their claim is worth if they don’t have an attorney.
At Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., our personal injury attorneys have helped thousands of clients just like you get full and fair compensation from the insurance companies. Do not hesitate to contact us at (303) 678-0560 for the skilled legal assistance your case needs and to maximize the value of your dog bite claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do immediately after a dog bite?
Stop the bleeding! After a dog bite, it is important to prioritize your safety and seek medical attention. Report the incident to the appropriate authorities and gather information about the dog and its owner. Document the details of the incident, take photographs of your injuries and the owner’s driver's license, and collect witness information. Then contact Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. for legal advice.
Am I entitled to compensation if a dog has bitten me?
You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress and pain and suffering if you have been bitten by a dog and suffered injuries.
How can a lawyer help with my dog bite injury case?
A lawyer experienced in dog bite injury cases can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, assess the value of your claim, and represent your interests in court if necessary. They can also provide guidance on your rights, potential compensation, and the best course of action to take.
How long do I have to file a dog bite injury lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for filing a dog bite injury lawsuit varies by state. In Colorado, it is generally within two years from the date of the incident, but it's essential to consult with an attorney to understand the specific timeline that applies to your case.
Who is responsible for a dog bite injury?
The dog's owner is typically held responsible for a dog bite injury. They have a legal duty to ensure their dog does not pose a threat to others and may be liable for damages caused by their dog's behavior.
How can I prove the dog owner's liability in a dog bite case?
Proving the dog owner's liability often involves gathering evidence such as witness statements, medical records, photographs of injuries, and any available documentation of prior aggressive behavior or negligence on the dog owner's part.
What if the dog owner doesn't have insurance or refuses to take responsibility?
Legal recourse may be available in either case. The personal injury lawyers at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. can explore options for pursuing compensation, such as filing a premises liability lawsuit or exploring other avenues for recovery.
What if the dog owner claims they did not know about their dog's aggressive behavior?
In many cases, strict liability laws hold the dog owner responsible for injuries caused by their dog, regardless of their knowledge or awareness of the dog's aggression.
What if the dog bite occurred on someone else's property?
The property owner may also be held liable for the dog bite injury, especially if they were aware of the dog's aggressive behavior or had control over the premises. Consult with a lawyer to determine potential liability.
What types of damages can I claim for a dog bite injury?
Potential damages in a dog bite injury case include your medical bills, lost wages, physical and mental pain and suffering, inconvenience, emotional stress, physical impairment, and disfigurement. The specific damages that can be claimed will depend on the case's unique circumstances.
What factors are considered when determining the amount of compensation for a dog bite injury?
Various factors are considered, including the extent and severity of the injuries, medical expenses incurred, impact on earning capacity, pain and suffering endured, any long-term disabilities or disfigurement, and the overall impact on the victim's quality of life. These factors help in evaluating the appropriate compensation for the dog bite injury.
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