It is no secret that dogs can be unpredictable. Though they are often considered to be loyal and friendly pets, they can also bite without warning.
Colorado has specific dog bite laws that determine liability in dog bite cases, so here’s what you need to know:
Dog owners bear the consequences of their pets’ behavior
If a dog bites you, it is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if the wound does not appear serious, there is a risk of infection. If you cannot see a doctor immediately, clean the wound thoroughly with soap and water and apply a sterile dressing.
In some cases, dog bites can lead to more severe injuries, such as nerve damage or bone fractures. It’s also essential to get in touch with the animal’s owner and determine if the dog is up-to-date on its vaccinations. If not, you may need to start a course of antibiotics to prevent infection.
In Colorado, dog owners are strictly liable for any injuries caused by their pets. That means that even if the owner had no prior knowledge that the dog might bite or cause harm, they could still be held responsible for any damages caused. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however. For example, if the victim was trespassing on the owner’s private property or provoking the dog at the time of the attack, the owner may not be held liable.
If you have been bitten by a dog and received a serious bodily injury, it’s imperative to find out your legal options for obtaining compensation.