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Although dog bites may not seem to happen with regularity, when they do happen they can have traumatic and devastating results for the victim. Many are familiar with large dog breeds that have a reputation for aggressive behavior – pit bulls, Rottweilers, and German shepherds, for instance – but the truth is that any dog can bite a human and cause injury to that person. Additionally, a dog that you know is just as capable of biting you as a strange dog roaming your neighborhood. That is why it’s important to know a trusted Colorado dog bite lawyer to call in the event of an accident.

If you have been the victim of an animal attack, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with our Colorado dog bite lawyers.

Why Should I File a Dog Bite Report?

Some may question the purpose of filing a dog bite report, especially if you have provided a report to medical personnel. Although medical personnel are required to report dog bite incidents when someone receives treatment for a bite injury, this may not always happen.

Dog bite reports provide important benefits not only to the community but also to you in the event you decide to file a dog bite lawsuit. These benefits include:

  • Making public officials aware of a dangerous dog: Animal control departments are not well staffed and do not have the resources to patrol the streets looking for dangerous dogs. Your report will make animal control authorities aware that a dangerous dog exists and where this dog was last seen. Neighbors may appreciate the fact that you alerted authorities (who then alerted them) to a dangerous dog in the area.
  • Learning what witnesses and the dog owner have to say about the incident: A dog owner may be unwilling to speak with you about the incident, but the owner must usually speak with animal control officers. The owner’s version of events and the statements of any witnesses will usually be contained in the dog bite report. Reviewing these statements can help you and your attorney decide whether to file a lawsuit against the owner.
  • Learning the dog’s history of aggression: Most dog bite reports will also indicate whether the dog has had a history of biting or demonstrating aggression toward others. This is very useful information in the event you want to file a lawsuit.

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What to Do After a Dog Bite in Colorado

1. Seek Medical Attention

You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you have been bitten by a dog. A medical professional can identify any injuries you may have suffered. Medical care can also determine whether you suffered any less obvious injuries or internal injuries.

You should keep detailed documentation of any medical records, including any records of your injuries, diagnosis, and treatment. This documentation can often be crucial in pursuing compensation for your injuries.

2. Document the Incident

After you have received medical attention for your injuries, you should thoroughly document the incident. You should collect contact information for any witnesses. If possible, take pictures of the dog that bit you, any visible injuries you suffered, and any environmental factors that may have contributed to the attack.

3. Report the Dog Bite to Animal Control Authorities

You should also report the dog bite to your local animal control authorities. Reporting the dog bite may help you discover the identity of the dog’s owner as well as learn such important factors as whether the dog has previously bitten or otherwise attacked someone.

4. Contact Experienced Dog Bite Lawyers Near You

One of the most important steps to take after being bitten by a dog will be to contact an experienced dog bite attorney. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you consider your options. Your attorney may help you determine if you may be entitled to compensation and how best to pursue any such compensation.

COMMON INJURIES

Facial Injuries

Facial injuries are often some of the most common injuries suffered from dog bites. If you have been bitten in the face, you may have needed surgery or stitches. Scars also commonly result from these facial injuries. Common facial injuries include fractured skulls or jaw bones, eye injuries, scars, cuts and lacerations, broken nose, or other injuries.

Open Wounds

Dog bites also frequently leave victims with open wounds. As a result, these wounds may often leave victims with infections, disfigurement, or permanent scarring.

Infections

Open wounds caused by dog bites often leave victims vulnerable to infections, which may include tetanus and staph infections, among others.

Internal Injuries

Dog bites may also sometimes crush or damage internal organs and muscles. The incredible force of dog bites can cause severe internal injuries to a victim. These injuries may result in crippling and permanent muscle damage.

DETERMINING LIABILITY

Determining another person’s liability for a dog bite will first depend upon whether negligence or strict liability applies. If the dog owner’s negligence or carelessness led to the dog bite, then negligence law will typically apply. Under Colorado dog bite law, liability will generally be based upon showing the owner had a duty to exercise reasonable care to control the dog’s behavior and prevent bites. Next, there must be a showing that the owner breached that duty, such as by failing to properly leash the dog. Finally, the victim must generally show that harm occurred as a result.

In some states, strict liability may apply to dog bites. If so, owners may be automatically liable for any injury caused by their dog, regardless of any negligent behavior.

To determine the owner’s strict liability, you will generally need to show:

  • you were bit by the dog
  • the dog belonged to the owner at the time of the incident.

Knowledge may be shown where the dog has previously bitten someone, known as the “one-bite rule.” Knowledge may also be proven by showing other aggressive conduct such as lunging, snapping, excessive barking or snarling, and similar behavior.

Finally, homeowners may be found liable for dog bites that occur on their property, even if they do not own the dog. Generally, such liability will require a showing of negligence on the homeowner’s part.

Learn More: Who to Blame for a Dog Bite? 

Get Help from Colorado Dog Bite Lawyers Today

At Zinda Law Group, our dedicated Colorado dog bite attorneys are here to help you with your claim. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and to pursue maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income due to missed work, pain and suffering, and much more.

We also believe a dog bite victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford superior legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free case evaluation with our experience Colorado dog bite lawyers.

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