Colorado Dog Bite Laws Explained.
In a previous blog post, we talked about ways to make sure your dog is not put in a position where they end up biting someone. In this post, we’ll discuss what laws apply if your dog bites someone or if you are bitten.
Colorado’s dog bite statute (C.R.S 13-21-124) is a strict liability statute; meaning that a dog owner could be held liable if their dog bites someone even if they were unaware that the dog was dangerous. The law applies if a dog bites someone who was lawfully on public or private property at the time and if the bite causes serious injury or death.
Dog owners are generally not liable for damages if the dog bite victim was trespassing, ignored clear warning signs such as “Beware of Dog signs, or intentionally provoked the dog.
Talk with Young Children About “Stranger Dogs”
If you are a parent of a young child, please talk with them about steering clear of other people’s dogs and not grabbing their tails or doing anything to that might cause stress to a dog. A good rule of thumb is, “Would you want someone to do that to you?”
What If You or a Loved One is Bit?
The definition of “serious bodily injury” is contained in section 18-1-901(3)(p), which defines it as “bodily 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 an organ or body party, or breaks, fractures, or burns of the second or third degree.” A “bodily injury” means “anything that results in severe bruising, muscle tears, or skin lacerations requiring professional medical treatment or any physical injury that requires corrective or cosmetic surgery.” (Sec. 13-21-124, subd. (1)(a)
The statute of limitations for a dog bite in Colorado is two years from the date of the bite.
Give Frickey Attorneys a Call
If you, or a family member, have been bitten by a dog and suffered injuries as a result, reach out to the attorneys at the Frickey Law Firm at (303) 237-7373.