There is never a good time to be bitten by a dog or other animal. The Mintz Law Firm specializes in dog and animal bite cases. Over the years we have handled many cases involving dog bites that have occurred in Colorado. Please click on one of the links below for more information regarding a specific topic on dog and animal bites.
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- Center for Disease Control
- Colorado Law
- Second Most frequent cause of emergency room visits for children
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Most dog owners have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance that will pay compensation to persons injured by a dog bite or animal attack.
Colorado law provides that the owner of a dog that bites or causes injury can be held responsible for injuries caused by the animal. Most dog owners have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance that will pay compensation to persons injured by a dog bite or attack. Dogs can also cause injuries by tripping or knocking a person down. A person may also be injured trying to evade the dog.
For children, getting bitten by a dog is the second most frequent cause of visits to the emergency room.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta concluded that dogs bite nearly 2% of the U.S. population – more than 4.7 million people annually. One out of every six (800,000) dog attacks are serious enough to require medical attention. For children, getting bitten by a dog is the second most frequent cause of visits to the emergency room. According to the CDC, an American has a 1 in 50 chance of being bitten b y a dog each year.
Colorado Laws Pertaining to Dog Bites:
Up until 2004, in order to collect damages for a dog bite in Colorado, it was necessary to prove that the owner of the dog had knowledge and notice of the dog’s dangerous tendencies before the incident causing the injury. This meant that the dog’s past history had to be investigated by talking with neighbors who may have information about previous incidents, the animal control office of the jurisdiction where the dog has been and/or the dog’s veterinarian or others who may be aware of recurring complaints previously filed against the dog or its owner.
A new law was passed in Colorado in 2004 which allows persons to recover financial damages against a dog owner for dog bite regardless of the dog owner’s previous knowledge of the dog’s viciousness or dangerous propensities. If the dog owner had such knowledge the court may enter an order that the dog be euthanized at the expense of the dog owner.
Just as with any injury, there are steps a person can take to minimize the risks of dog injury. Owners and others should avoid playing aggressive games with their dogs.
Strangers should always approach dogs with caution, not making sudden or unexpected motions around the dog, and people should give dogs the opportunity to get accustomed to them.
Children should be carefully supervised around dogs, even dogs that seem friendly. Children should be taught that dogs should not be disturbed while eating or caring for puppies.
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