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Denver Dog Bite Lawyers

Dog bites don’t just affect children. Adults can also be bitten by a dog, and suffer serious injuries. While man’s best friend is generally an accurate statement, the fact is that when dogs bite, they can cause extensive physical and emotional damage.

If you, or someone you love, have been bitten by a dog or suffered a dog-bite injury, it’s important that you seek legal counsel as well as medical assistance. There are laws to protect you, and the public  in general, from dogs that might be a danger.

The Lamber Goodnow injury law team, working with our partner firms in Colorado can help you, and your family, through this process.

Effects of Dog Bites

When a dog bites someone, the physical effects can vary. Regardless of the reason for the bite — many say that the dog was just protecting itself — the fact is that a bite on a hand, your arm, or your face can cause significant damage. It’s common to receive stitches, antibiotics, and possibly require reconstructive surgery.

Those sound serious enough, but the emotional trauma from dog bites can be perhaps the most troubling. Children and adults who’ve been bitten by a dog face a lifetime of fear of household pets. When they visit a friend’s house, they don’t know how to identify a friendly dog. It can take years of therapy to regain confidence around dogs and feel safe in a room with a dog.

Dog Bite Laws

You shouldn’t feel guilty about talking to an attorney after you’ve been bitten by a dog. This is why there are laws — dog bite incidents are so frequent, legislators had to pass dog bite laws to protect the general public. Whether you were jogging through a park or attending a friend’s Broncos party, you have the right to not be attacked by someone else’s dog.

The Lamber Goodnow legal team has professionals on staff with experience in dog-bites cases who can help guide you through Colorado law. Dog owners have an obligation to keep their pets on leashes, and the dogs aren’t permitted to bite people. Often, we have clients who are friends of the dog owner — you don’t need to feel hesitant about your situation. By working with us, we’re generally making sure that the dog owner’s personal insurance is covering your physical and emotional wounds. We’re not harming the dog. Every case is different, which is why you need an expert on your side with your best interests in mind.

But if the dog is a danger — if, for example, you filed a police report — we’ll assist you through the process and will make sure you’re protected and receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact our law firm today at 303-800-8888. Speak with a lawyer right away — before speaking with any auto insurance provider if possible. Other steps you can take now!

You Have Dog Bite Questions – We Have Answers:

What must I prove to win my dog bite injury lawsuit in Colorado?

In Colorado, to win a dog bite injury lawsuit based on noneconomic damages (pain and suffering), or injury caused by a dog other than as a result of a bite, the plaintiff must prove “(1) that the defendant owned or controlled the animal;[1] (2) the animal has vicious or dangerous tendencies;[2] (3) the owner or keeper knew or had notice of the dangerous propensities;[3] and (4) the defendant did not exercise reasonable care to prevent injuries reasonably anticipated to result from those tendencies.”[4]

However, in cases where the plaintiff claims that the dog’s bite caused serious bodily injury, for which the plaintiff seeks economic damages (medical expenses) the plaintiff does not need to establish that the dog had previous vicious propensities, that it ever bit anyone before, or that its owner had any awareness of the dog’s prior conduct or tendencies.[5]  However, this only applies when a dog bit the plaintiff, the injury was a serious bodily injury, and the plaintiff is seeking economic damages.[6] 

May the landlord of the property in which I received by dog bite be liable for my injuries?

Yes, the Colorado Court of Appeals has held that a landlord may be held liable for injury caused by a vicious pet where the landlord had knowledge of the vicious propensity of the animal before they entered into the rental agreement.[7]  However, the Supreme Court has stated that the landlord will have no liability when the renter harbors a wild animal.[8] 

I sustained injuries from a dog attack but not a bite; may I still receive damages for my injuries?

Yes.  When the plaintiff is injured from a dog attack that was not a bite (examples include a dog jumping on plaintiff and knocking them down, a heart attack, or an injury to a bicyclist) the plaintiff must prove “(1) that the defendant owned or controlled the animal;[9] (2) the animal has vicious or dangerous tendencies;[10] (3) the owner or keeper knew or had notice of the dangerous propensities;[11] and (4) the defendant did not exercise reasonable care to prevent injuries reasonably anticipated to result from those tendencies.”[12]  If the plaintiff proves all four elements they may recover damages for their injuries.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for my dog bite injuries?

In Colorado a lawsuit for personal injuries involving a dog bite must be filed within three years of the date of the accident or it will be barred. Col. Rev. Stat. 13-80-101(n).  If the plaintiff is under the age of 18, or is under legal disability at the time of the accident, the statute of limitations is tolled (delayed) until the person reaches 18 or the disability is removed.[13]

Working with Our Team

When you work with the Lamber Goodnow legal team, you’re getting access to a whole group of professionals that specialize in personal injury law. Not only do we know the law, we’re experts in insurance, coverage, policies and processes. We’ll hold the insurance companies accountable, and will help you recover money to pay for your medical costs, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.

Your initial consultation with us is free — you can call us at (303) 800-8888 for a no-obligation conversation. Tell us about the dog, how the bite happened, and what your injuries are. We’ll answer your questions, and give you an idea of how your case might progress. It’s up to you to decide to move forward.

And when you hire us, you’ll benefit from the No-Fee Promise we make to all our clients. You won’t pay for any out-of-pocket expenses on our end. We fund your entire case from start to finish, and we’ll only receive payment if, and when, we recover money on your behalf through a verdict in your favor or a settlement.

Call us today, and let us help you recover from your dog bite.


[1]  De Witt v. Hill, 143 Colo. 372, 353 P.2d 81 (1960).

[2]  Sandoval v. Birx, 767 P.2d 759 (Colo. App. 1988).

[3]  Fishman v. Knotts, 179 P.3d 232 (Colo. App. 2007).

[4]  Swerdfeger v. Krueger, 145 Colo. 180, 358 P.2d 479 (1960).

[5]  Hornbein v. Blanchard, 4 Colo. App. 92, 35 P. 187 (1893).

[6]  Col. Rev. Stat. § 13-21-124(2).

[7]  Vigil v. Payne, 725 P.2d 1155 (Colo. App. 1986).

[8]  Collins v. Otto, 149 Colo. 489, 369 P.2d 564 (1962).

[9]  De Witt v. Hill, 143 Colo. 372, 353 P.2d 81 (1960).

[10]  Sandoval v. Birx, 767 P.2d 759 (Colo. App. 1988).

[11]  Fishman v. Knotts, 179 P.3d 232 (Colo. App. 2007).

[12]  Swerdfeger v. Krueger, 145 Colo. 180, 358 P.2d 479 (1960).

[13]  Col. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-107.

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