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Gathering Information After a Dog Bite

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on December 13, 2021

Being attacked by a dog can be physically painful and emotionally traumatic. If you or a loved one has been bitten, it is important to gather certain information as soon as possible after the incident. Facts about the victim’s injuries, the dog, and the circumstances surrounding the attack can have a bearing on a claim for compensation for dog bite injuries.

What Questions Should You Ask a Dog Bite Victim?

The facts about the dog bite attack will determine the claims and defenses in the case. Questions an attorney will need answers to include:

  • The age of the victim
  • When and where the attack occurred
  • What the victim was doing immediately before the dog attacked
  • What the dog was doing and how it was it being handled or restrained
  • What occurred immediately before, during, and after the dog attack
  • If the dog actually bit the victim, or caused injury in another way
  • Reasons why the dog may have attacked
  • If the dog had ever bitten before
  • What the dog did immediately after the attack
  • Who was responsible for the dog attack
  • Who was the owner of the dog
  • Whether the dog owner had homeowners’ or renter’s insurance
  • Whether anyone else may be liable and insured
  • Where the dog is currently, if the dog is still living

What Should You Do After a Dog Bite Attack?

If you or your child has been attacked and bitten by a dog, call the police, so an officer will come and investigate the incident. Pictures are valuable evidence. Take photos of your injuries and the scene of the attack, including anything that may be relevant to your case. Write down the date, time, and location of the attack, and details such as whether there was a fence on the property to contain the dog. If others witnessed the attack, get their full names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Get the same information for the dog owner. Get medical attention for your injuries – dog bites can lead to serious infections.

Why Should You Have the Dog Evaluated by an Expert?

The dog is one of the most important pieces of evidence in a dog bite claim. If the dog was not euthanized after the attack, an evaluation should be performed by an expert as soon as possible, in case the dog runs away or is killed or injured. An aggressive dog will typically demonstrate aggression in an evaluation. Although a dog’s behavior can change due to illness, injury, old age, or training, a dog’s temperament does not usually change.

Why Do You Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?

Colorado law imposes strict liability on dog owners when their animals bite a person who is lawfully on public or private property. This means the owner is liable even if the dog has never displayed aggressive tendencies or bitten anyone before. However, strict liability does not apply if the victim knowingly provoked the dog. Defendants in dog bite cases often claim that the dog was provoked. An experienced dog bite attorney can anticipate and argue against this and other defenses, for the best chance of recovering full compensation.

Why Choose Us?

At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we have successfully handled many injury cases and helped many people who have suffered serious harm in an attack by a vicious dog. We understand that an animal attack can be a stressful and traumatic experience. Our Grand Junction personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation if you or your loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack.

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