Grand Junction Dog Bite Lawyers
Have you suffered from a dog bite? People say that dogs are man’s best friend and in most cases it’s true, but sometimes man’s best friend becomes more like Cujo than Lassie. If you are the victim of a vicious dog bite, you need an attorney with experience litigating this type of matter.
We know that being attacked is alarming and it can have lifelong effects on your health. Our Grand Junction premises liability attorneys have helped numerous others who have been bitten, and we can help you, too.
The number of dog bites every year might surprise you. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 4.5 million dog bites every year in the United States. Among the fatalities, about 40% of the victims were children under the age of 10, while nearly 60% were aged 30 and above.
Even when the bites aren’t fatal, serious injuries are common. In 2015, over 28,000 people had to undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of dog bites. Moreover, nearly 1 out of 5 bites became infected. Another danger of bites is rabies and other life-threatening diseases.
A dog attack may cause:
- Deep skin damage
- Permanent scarring
- Loss of fingers
- Loss of eyesight
- Nerve damage
Many victims of dog attacks also suffer from emotional damage, leaving them frightened of interacting with dogs. Victims may show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as increased anxiety, depression, nightmares, emotional mood swings, and more. The emotional trauma can be especially prominent with younger victims, and the effects could linger for the rest of their lives.
According to Colorado Revised Statute section 13-21-124, “A person or a personal representative of a person who suffers serious bodily injury or death from being bitten by a dog while lawfully on public or private property shall be entitled to bring a civil action to recover economic damages against the dog owner regardless of the viciousness or dangerous propensities of the dog or the dog owner's knowledge or lack of knowledge of the dog's viciousness or dangerous propensities.”
This means victims have the right to compensation for dog bite injuries even when the dog has no prior history of violence. However, this is restricted to what is defined as “serious bodily injury” or death. The law states this is an “injury which, either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, involves a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body, or breaks, fractures, or burns of the second or third degree."
There is some ambiguity when it comes to determining what does and does not constitute serious bodily injury, and this is where a trained lawyer comes in.
There are certain exceptions to the above where a victim would lose the ability to sue for compensation. For instance, if he was on the person’s property illegally when the attack occurred. Another exception would be if the property owner had clearly marked signage indicating a dangerous dog on the premises. Other examples include if the dog was being used by the police or military in a law enforcement role, or if the person attacked was a veterinarian or service provider trained to care for dogs and actively engaged in that activity at the time of the attack.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we know that any animal attack can be a traumatic and stressful event. That’s why it is important to hire a skilled Grand Junction personal injury lawyer who can advocate on your behalf. We’ll provide you with peace of mind so that you and your family can concentrate on your recovery. We service clients throughout the Western Slope.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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