Denver Dog Bite Attorneys
Coloradans love their dogs. Walk down the street in any of our shopping districts, and you’ll likely find water dishes outside the storefronts. Many businesses welcome dogs, and we even have salons and bakeries devoted exclusively to canine pampering. But not all dogs are friendly, and when the careless owner of a vicious dog doesn’t properly restrain his or her pet, it’s the victim who pays.
It’s estimated that dog bites cost Americans more than one billion dollars each and every year and that dog bites account for a third or more of homeowner insurance liability claims, averaging nearly $30,000 per incident. More than half of all bites occur on the property of the dog’s owner. Rules vary from state to state, but Colorado has some specific statutes you should be aware of.
If an aggressive dog has harmed you or a loved one, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. You can learn about your rights and options by speaking to Todd Tenge in person. Please call (303) 665-2929 today to schedule a consultation. Our offices serve clients in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins.
The One Bite Rule
Colorado is one of 18 states with a so-called One Bite Rule. This means that defendants are only liable for damages if it can be proven that they had reasons to believe or know that their dog was dangerous. So, at first glance, it sounds like a defendant gets one “warning” bite and is only liable for bites that happen afterward. This, however, is patently false.
In reality, an experienced dog bite lawyer such as Mr. Tenge can often demonstrate that the owner knew well ahead of time that his or her dog was capable of aggressive behavior. Some of the kinds of behavior that may indicate a potentially dangerous dog include the following:
- Threatening behavior
- Frightening others
- Barking at strangers
- Jumping on others
- Fighting with other dogs
- Previous complaints about the dog
- Previous dog bite attacks
For these reasons, Mr. Tenge can help you recover damages even if the dog in question hadn’t harmed anyone before.
Dangerous Dog Laws
Colorado counts itself among the 39 states with dangerous dog laws. These laws can require that a dog be labeled as dangerous and that restrictions be put into place. All it usually takes is a complaint by someone who has been threatened, and then a hearing is held in which a judge decides whether sufficient evidence exists to label the dog as dangerous.
The owner of a dog that has been labeled as dangerous must then take certain precautions to prevent the dog from causing personal injuries to others. The owner may be required to keep the dog confined. Other potential restrictions include:
- Requiring “Beware of Dog” signs
- Purchasing liability insurance
- Identifying the dog with a microchip
- Requiring that the dog wear a special brightly colored collar when outside
Violation of any of these restrictions can be considered grounds for gross negligence on the part of the dog owner.
Dog bite law is complex, but if you have an experienced dog bite attorney on your side, you have the potential to recover everything available to you under the law. If you’ve been disfigured or otherwise injured by a vicious dog, you have the right to seek damages from its owner. Mr. Tenge will fight aggressively to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Please contact the Tenge Law Firm, LLC using the form at the bottom of the page or call (303) 665-2929 today schedule a free dog bite consultation. Todd Tenge serves clients in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins, Colorado.
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