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Dog Bite Injury – Denver Injury Attorney

Dog Bite - Denver Injury Lawyer - Burg Simpson

There’s little doubt that we’re a nation of dog lovers. There are nearly 70 million of the canine companions in this country. So it should come as no surprise that a dog bites someone every 75 seconds – that’s about 4.5 million bites a year – sending about 1,000 people to emergency rooms and urgent care centers every day. One out of every five of those bites ends with an infection.

While most dog bite victims are children – particularly those aged 5 to 9 years old – men also receive far more bites than women. Sadly, more than half of these attacks occur in the home, with the family pet, rather than a strange dog. But strange dogs can be just as aggressive. Our Colorado personal injury lawyers can help you if you’ve been bitten.

Playing to the stereotype, dogs attacked more than 6,750 U.S. postal workers last year. Denver, in fact, ranks as the country’s seventh-worst place in the country for postal workers, based on an annual report by the Postal Service. Nearly 50 dogs bit letter carriers last year in Denver, a 24 percent increase in bites over the year before.

These incidents can take place regardless of the animal’s environment. But there are still too many negligent owners. People get bit by dogs all the time, but each incident is as unique as the personality of the dog – or the owner’s behavior. Each case has its own set of factors that will dictate any judgments, and subsequent settlements. Burg Simpson’s Denver personal injury attorneys are committed to helping dog bite victims.

Contact Burg Simpson today by calling 720-500-5995 or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation form.

Over the last 12 years, just two dog breeds have been responsible for more than three-quarters of all fatal dog bites: Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. Serious or fatal dog bites are most likely to come from just a few breeds, such as:

Pit bulls – This is actually a group of similar breeds, often including the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and sometimes the American Bulldog.
Rottweilers – While many consider these dogs to be good-natured, they can be particularly aggressive toward strangers.
German Shepherds – These dogs can be overly protective of family members and have one of the strongest bites in terms of pounds per square inch.
Chow Chow – These animals are naturally aggressive and loyal to usually only a single owner. They’re also notoriously difficult to train.
Mixed Breeds – This includes what are more commonly referred to as mutts.

For years, Colorado followed the so-called “one-bite rule,” an historical legal principle that held “that the owner of a domesticated animal will be held strictly liable for injuries caused by the animal only if the owner knew or should have known about the animal’s dangerous or vicious propensities, which have been manifested in the past.” This statute, then, placed the burden of proof on the injured party when seeking compensation. Colorado joined the majority of other states in 2005 when it abandoned this outdated common law in dealing with dog bites.

Now, under Colorado’s strict liability law, dog owners can be held responsible for damages during a personal injury case the first time their dog bites someone, regardless of what the owner knew of the dog’s disposition. However, the owner is strictly liable only if the victim “suffers serious bodily injury or death.”

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Every case has its own set of circumstances, though, so each one needs to be reviewed carefully. Was the victim on public or private property? Was their presence lawful? Where was the animal? Where was the owner? Did the victim do anything to provoke the dog? Was the dog working? How serious is the injury?

It sounds like such as simple thing: A dog bit you. But changes in the law – and the details of the circumstances surrounding the incident, can make such an event much more complex than you think. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you need to talk to a Denver personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

If you think you have a case, call us at 720-500-5995 to discuss what happened or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form now.

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

 October 17, 2017

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

Late one night in September 2013, after days of constant rainfall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation opened the floodgates of Olympus Dam in Larimer County, Colorado. More than 5,000 cubic feet of water per second rushed down the Big Thompson River, destroying several homes along the way. Overall, the flooding that year killed 10 people… Read more »

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

 October 12, 2017

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

Temple University unveiled Burg Simpson founder Michael S. Burg’s portrait in its Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame earlier this month. Michael attended the ceremony, where he expressed his concern for the future of the profession. “The framers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence understood the importance of the jury trial and how important… Read more »

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

 September 28, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

Over the last several years, the tone of American politics has become increasingly unpleasant, to put it mildly. It’s something Burg Simpson co-founder Alan K. Simpson wants to see change. One thing Simpson would like to see is lawmakers spending more time listening to their constituents. It’s something he made a priority during his own… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

 September 27, 2017

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with Reuters this week about the abrupt retirement of Equifax CEO Richard Smith following the credit reporting agency’s massive data breach. “They didn’t do anything to protect the consumers and their information,” Burg told the news service, “Then they attempted to keep people from being able to… Read more »

Youth Sports Pose High Concussion Risks – Denver Injury Attorney– Burg Simpson

 October 19, 2017

Youth Sports Pose Higher Concussion Risk

Every year, the start of the NFL season reboots the conversation about the sport’s health risks, especially when it comes to concussions. In 2009, the NFL addressed increased concerns over player safety by instituting the “NFL Game Day Concussion Protocol,” which employs multiple independent consultants and requires the immediate removal of players suspected of suffering… Read more »

What you Might Not Know About Motorcycles in Colorado – Denver Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 September 7, 2017

What you Might Not Know About Motorcycles in Colorado

As the last of summer slips away, it’s not uncommon to see more motorcyclists on Colorado’s roads, especially on the weekends. Motorcycling is as popular as ever in Colorado, with the number of registered bikes up since 2012. But they’re also deadlier than ever. Just last year, 125 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle accidents, which… Read more »

Driving Uninsured - Denver Personal Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 31, 2017

Protect Yourself from Uninsured Drivers

Car accidents are unsettling, stressful incidents, even if no one’s been seriously injured. That stress can be compounded when you find out later the driver who rear-ended you at a stoplight doesn’t have auto insurance. It’s not that uncommon, according to the Insurance Research Council, since roughly 13 percent of people are driving around without… Read more »

Traumatic Brain Injuries – Denver Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 August 16, 2017

What you Should Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Few things can change – or end – a life as quickly as a Traumatic Brain Injury. TBIs play a role in nearly a third of injury deaths in the United States. More than 150 people die every day as a result of these devastating injuries, which works out to more than 50,000 fatalities annually…. Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

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