Denver Animal Bite & Animal Attack Attorneys
Animals can be a source of comfort and companionship. They can also be dangerous if not properly trained and cared-for, sometimes biting or attacking people. When another person’s animal attacks or harms you, the pet owner – and maybe even a building owner or manager – can be held responsible.
At Dormer Harpring, our lawyers are skilled at representing people who have been bitten, attacked, or otherwise harmed by dogs and other animals. Committed to putting our clients’ needs first, we are ready to listen to you, help you determine your best recovery options and provide you with unique representation moving forward.
Our main goal is to help you financially recover so that you can concentrate on healing and getting your life back to normal.
How Negligence Can Cause Animal Bites & Attacks
While animals can attack anytime, pet owners’ and/or property owners’ actions may contribute to these attacks when:
- An animal has not been properly secured or restrained – This can include, for instance, not using a leash for a dog, not putting a muzzle on an aggressive dog, and/or not keeping an animal confined (e.g., a cage or enclosed area).
- An animal has not been supervised or trained – This can involve letting animals run loose in public, not monitoring animals’ interactions with people or other animals, not training a dog to avoid jumping, etc.
- Visitors have not been warned that an animal (especially one that may attack) is on the premises – This can include failures to verbally warn visitors about guard animals, not posting warnings signs about animals present on a property, etc.
Here, it is important to point out that the “animals” referred to can include (and are by no means limited to):
- Livestock (horses, cattle, etc.)
- Exotic animals (elephants, camels, lions, tigers, etc.)
- Any other type of pet or animal being kept at a given property.
Animal Attacks in Colorado: More Important Information
- Colorado leash laws – Colorado does not currently have any statewide leash laws in effect. Various cities and counties, however, do have their own specific leash laws for dogs. If a pet owner violates these local leash ordinances and the unleashed dog bites or attacks someone, the victim may be entitled to compensation.
- The Colorado Dog Bite Statute – This law generally provides that dog owners/handlers are liable for economic damages (like past and future medical bills or lost wages) from a dog bite even if the dog has no history of biting or attacking others and no known “vicious” tendencies. In order to recover non-economic damages (like pain, embarrassment, or loss of enjoyment of life), an injured victim still needs to prove that the dog owner was negligent.
- Possible exceptions – Not every animal attack will necessarily be grounds for a legal claim. For instance, victims of animal attacks may not be eligible for recovery if they were trespassing when the attack happened and/or they purposely or provoked the animal. Similarly, Colorado laws also provide certain exemptions for liability (under the dog bite statute) when:
- The involved animals are police dogs, military dogs or certain other types of working dogs.
- The alleged victim works in an animal-related industry. These professionals can include (but may not be limited to) veterinarians, dog groomers, and judges at dog shows.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer at Dormer Harpring
If you have been bitten, attacked or harmed by someone else’s animal, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer at Dormer Harpring to find out more about your options for recovery.
You can call us at (303) 747-4404 or email us via the contact form on this page for more information about how we can help you. Our commitment to representing people from all walks of life means that we never charge for a consultation and that our legal fees are “contingent,” meaning they’re based only on the amount we recover.
From offices based in Denver, our attorneys provide exceptional representation to people throughout Denver County, Adams County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and the state of Colorado.