Denver Dog Bite Lawyer

Denver dog bite lawyerAbout 4.7 million dog bites take place in the U.S. every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog bite attack in Colorado, immediately contact an experienced Denver puppy bite lawyer with the law firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C. States have their own laws regarding liability in an incident involving a dog bite. Dog owners in Colorado are liable for unprovoked attacks that cause injuries including but not limited to:

  • facial lacerations, disfigurement, and amputations
  • muscle wounds and tendon damage
  • wrongful death

Until recently, a Colorado dog owner could be held liable for a dog bite injury only if he or she knew about the dog’s likelihood to attack. This was known as the “one free bite” rule. That’s been changed, and Colorado now allows you to recover certain damages whether or not the owner knew of the dog’s vicious nature. To learn more about dog bite laws in Colorado, contact a Denver personal injury attorney today.

CONSEQUENCES OF A DOG BITE

There are many physical and mental consequences that a victim may be forced to live with after suffering from a Colorado dog bite. Bites aren’t the only possible physical injury that can occur after being attacked by a dog. Dog scratches can easily become infected and cause septicemia, cellulitis, and even the loss of a limb. Deep scratches and lacerations may require multiple stitches or plastic surgery. Dogs also can trip, knock over, and run into people; the results are sprains, muscle tears, and even broken bones. These injuries–and the medical bills that come along with them–may be covered by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. If you have been bitten by a dangerous dog, seek medical attention for your injuries, contact local animal control and then call an injury lawyer. An experienced Denver puppy bite lawyer at Norton and Bowers, P.C. can fully investigate your case, determine who is responsible for your medical expenses, and fight to hold that person or persons accountable. If we can prove the owner was liable in your accident, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

The mental health consequences of a dog bite can be severe, especially in the case of vulnerable victims like children. Adults who have been injured in a dog bite may be more likely to seek help for emotional issues such as depression, anxiety and other mental health symptoms that they experience after a dog bite. Children may not even feel like talking about the attack.

A child who has been injured in a dog bite is quick to understand that merely mentioning the attack in front of his parents brings up expressions of guilt or sadness on the parents faces. Children, in such cases, simply bottle up their feelings, fear, anxiety and trauma inside themselves. This creates conditions for the emergence of mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

PTSD is a mental condition that is characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, fearfulness, irritability, and other symptoms. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may emerge just a few days or even weeks after the child has been injured in a dog bite.

It’s important for doctors treating a child victim to indicate to the parents the potential for mental-health consequences from the dog bite. Parents must be warned that they can expect signs of depression, anxiety and trauma, even weeks after the child has been injured. Remember, with the right kind of treatment and counseling, PTSD could well continue and symptoms may worsen over time. If your child has suffered injuries in a dog bite, consult with a Denver dog bite lawyer.

If your child has recently been injured in a dog bite, speak to a mental health professional. Look for signs of depression, social withdrawal, anxiety, trauma, and other symptoms in the days, weeks and even months after the injury. Encourage your child to talk about his experience. Do not let the child feel guilty for the attack in any way, and explain to your child that the owner has a legal obligation to protect others from harm caused by his or her dog.

If your child was injured in a dog bite attack, discuss filing a claim for compensation with a Denver dog bite lawyer at Norton and Bowers, P.C. as quickly as possible.

KIDS AND DOG BITES

More than half of the victims of dog bites are young children. Because of this, it’s important that children are taught the right ways of behaving around dogs. That includes not just friends’ puppy or strange dogs, but also their pet dogs. Remember that many dog bites every year involve household pets. For help filing a claim after a dog bite, call a Denver dog bite lawyer.

Teach your child to ask for permission from the owner of the puppy before approaching it. Children should also be told never to approach a strange animal, especially when the child is alone. The child must never touch a strange animal, and must never put her hand through the fence to touch dogs, even when these are familiar.

Children often treat a puppy like a toy. That’s because they don’t understand that an animal has feelings and sensation. Teach your child that it is wrong to pinch, poke, or tightly hug a dog. Such behaviors could be disturbing to a dog, and could incite viciousness.

It is equally important to teach your child to recognize the signs of an aggressive dog, like staring, freezing, growling or snarling. A dog like this must be avoided, and the child must get to a responsible adult immediately. Children must understand that not every dog will absolutely love them. Sometimes, dogs are naturally aggressive, or have become vicious because of poor ownership.

LET US FIGHT FOR YOU

Our team has years of experience with a variety of personal injury claims, including those involving dog bites, pedestrian, auto, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall cases, and property damage. We will provide you with the appropriate legal resources every step of the way.

Norton and Bowers, P.C. represents clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you will owe no attorney’s fees until we recover for you by way of a settlement or judgment.. If you’ve suffered from a dog bite or dog attack in the Denver area or anywhere in the state of Colorado, please contact us right now at 303-400-8100 or fill out the form on this website to schedule a free consultation. You’ll be able to speak directly to an attorney about your lawsuit. Offsite, weekend, and evening appointments are also available. If you’re injured in Denver, Colorado because of someone else’s negligence, call Norton and Bowers, P.C. as quickly as possible, and let us fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.

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