Coloradans love their dogs, especially those of us in Colorado Springs. It seems like no matter where you go, whether you are hiking the trails or knocking back a few cold ones at the local brewery, you’re sure to encounter a pup or two. In 2020, BringFido, a website that helps people find pet-friendly places to bring their canine friends, named Colorado Springs one of the top five most pet-friendly cities in the United States.
Unfortunately, dogs can pose a serious health risk to our communities. The American Veterinary Medical Association has reported that there are over 4.5 million people bitten by dogs each year in the United States. Roughly one in five of those bites will require medical attention. If someone’s dog has attacked you or someone you care about, you may be able to recover compensation for your expenses with Kim Welch Law.
Common Injuries Victims Could Suffer in a Dog Attack in Colorado Springs
Unlike Denver, Colorado Springs does not have any breed-specific legislation because any dog is liable to bite, regardless of its size or breed. This means that it can be nearly impossible to foresee an attack–especially if you don’t know the dog. A dog’s personal history, past behavior, number of dogs involved, and the victim’s vulnerability are better able to predict the likelihood of whether a dog will bite than a dog’s breed or size.
Victims often suffer severe lacerations and puncture wounds that could cause significant scarring, blood loss, and even death. This is especially true if the victim is a small child. While only 12% of adults require medical treatment after a dog attack, more than double that percentage (26%) of children bitten by dogs need emergency medical care.
Over half of all dog bite victims are children. Children are unpredictable, noisy, and can be unintentionally aggressive with dogs (by pulling their tails, hair, or ears). This erratic behavior can trigger fear in some dogs, causing them to act out with aggression. Children under four years old have the most significant risk of severe injury because they are similar in height to many dogs, making them more likely to be bitten in the head or neck.
Can You Hold a Dog Owner Liable for a Dog Attack in Colorado Springs?
Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-21-124 designates strict liability regarding the behavior of dogs in Colorado. It states that a person who suffers serious bodily injury or death from a dog bite shall be entitled to bring a civil action to recover economic damages against the dog owner. “Strict liability” means that the victim is not required to prove that the dog’s owner knew that the dog was aggressive or had a tendency to bite.
When victims file suit for a dog bite, their compensation could include recovery of any of the following losses:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Reconstructive surgery
- Lost wages (as well as future lost income) and benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Funeral costs
- In-home rehabilitation
It is important to note that the Colorado dog bite statute does not place liability on the dog’s owner if the victim was illegally trespassing or disregarded warning signs on the owner’s property to beware of the dog. Victims may only pursue recovery for their damages if they were legally allowed on the property and did not provoke an attack.
Seek Compensation Recovery for Your Injuries After a Dog Attack in Colorado Springs
Attorney Kim Welch is passionate about fighting for the rights of personal injury victims in Colorado Springs. She has made a name for herself in the Pikes Peak Region by offering compassionate, top-tier service to every client for over 29 years. As a result, Kim Welch Law was named one of the top three law firms in The Gazette’s 2021 Best of the Springs.
At Kim Welch Law, we know how devastating an attack by a dog can be. Unfortunately, medical bills can pile up quicker than the injuries can heal over. To find out if you may have a case against a negligent dog owner, give us a call at (888) 590-5510 or complete a contact form to schedule a free, confidential evaluation of your dog bite case. Virtual appointments are also available.