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                  Dog Bite Lawyer Arvada, Colorado
Arvada, Colorado makes dog owners liable for all dog bites when an individual suffers a bite, based simply on ownership of the dog that caused the injury. Issues arise that require the victim to prove that the dog was vicious or that the dog owner or another party caused the incident through negligence or by violating an animal control law (like a leash law). Other legal issues such as the one bite rule also apply. Usually the victim's legal losses are covered by most homeowners and renters insurance policies bought by dog owners.  General liability policies that insure businesses and public entities also apply.  If your claim is denied by an insurance adjuster don't stop there.  Get legal counsel.  Colorado Law protects innocent victims of dog bites. 
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                                                                    Colorado Dog Bite Laws

Colorado’s Revised Statute for Dog Bites:

Q:  Is prior behavior of the dog required?

A:  Colorado’s dog bite statute (C.R.S 13-21-124) is a strict liability statute, which means if a dog bites someone, then the dog’s owner can be held liable, even if the dog exhibited no prior behavior that would have led the owner to believe the animal was dangerous.

Q:  When is a dog owner liable ?

A:  Per Colorado statute a dog owner can be held liable if:  The dog bites a person who was lawfully on public or private property at the time, and if the bite causes serious bodily injury or death.

Q:  What is bodily injury?

A:  The statute defines bodily injury as, “any physical injury that results in severe bruising, muscle tears or skin lacerations requiring professional medical treatment or any physical injury that requires corrective or cosmetic surgery.”

Q:  What is serious bodily injury?

A:  Serious bodily injury is defined as, “an injury that involves a substantial risk of death, serious permanent disfigurement, loss or impairment of a bodily function or organ or a break, fracture or second- or third-degree burn.”
Q:  Does the dog have to bite someone?

A:  The statute applies in certain cases: This statute covers dog bites only; it does not apply if a dog jumped on you and knocked you over but did not bite you.

Q:  Does a dog bite case cover emotional distress?

A:  It strictly covers only physical injuries covered under the definition of bodily injury and severe bodily injury. Mental or emotional distress would not be covered, for example, unless the distress resulted directly from a physical injury.

Q:  Does a dog bite case apply to working dogs?

A:  Working dogs, like police or military dogs while performing their police officer or military personnel duties; also exempt are dogs working as a hunting, herding, farm, ranch or predator control dog on the owner’s property or under the owner’s control.

Q:  Does a dog bite law suit cover intruders?

A:  It does not cover people who are unlawfully on public or private property.

Q:  What is the One Bite Rule?

A:  Colorado does have the "one bite rule", which is a common law rule that becomes applicable when a state doesn’t have a dog bite statute or in cases where the state’s statute doesn’t apply. The one bite rule allows a dog owner to assume his/her dog is not dangerous until the dog displays behavior that proves otherwise.

Q:  Is one bite always required to bring a case?

A:  Colorado’s revised statute for dog bites (C.R.S. 13-21-124) means that the "one bite rule" no longer applies in all cases. If a dog bite causes serious bodily harm, a dog owner could be liable regardless of whether he/she knew the dog was dangerous.
The law doesn’t necessarily mean a dog gets one “free” bite. There are a variety of behaviors – like jumping on people or lunging or snapping at people, for example – that would put a dog owner on notice that his/her dog is dangerous and has the potential to harm someone.

Q:  What is the statute of limitations for a dog bite case?

A:  Colorado dog bite statute of limitations:  The statute of limitations for a dog bite (or other injury caused by a dog) in Colorado is two years. Always get legal advise to be sure about your situation.

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