Colorado Personal Injury

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 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 lawyer in Denver 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.

 January 18, 2019

Spinal Cord Injury: The First 90 Days Arizona Digital Edition

Arizona’s digital edition of “Spinal Cord Injury: The First 90 Days,” has just been released by author, Sam Maddox. This volume is an informational guide for those with acute spinal cord injuries. The Arizona edition contains information regarding insurance coverage, rehabilitation best practices, self-care and coping strategies, expected outcomes, assistive technology and equipment, home modification and the… Read more »

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Since 1983, Scott Eldredge, a named shareholder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, has created a thriving legal practice focused on complex medical malpractice cases, and specifically matters regarding birth trauma. He regularly appears in State and Federal Courts, and concentrates on cases that include claims for damages resulting from substandard care by medical… Read more »

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Kool Smiles Wrongful Child Death | ABC15 Interviews Burg Simpson Shareholder Scott Eldredge

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Mass Tort Litigation: Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices

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Cedar Ridge Apartments Explosion – Personal Injury Lawyers – Denver Burg Simpson

 August 29, 2018

Gas Company Found Responsible for Cedar Ridge Apartments Explosion

The news seems to be filled with stories of gas explosions. Whether it’s in a residential area, such as the one in a Denver neighborhood that blew a hole through a multi-family residence, or the one at a gas collection facility in Grand County, Colorado, that injured two workers in July, these preventable tragedies appear… Read more »

Sterilization Breach – Personal Injury Attorney – Denver Burg Simpson

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Sterilization Breaches Put Patient Lives at Risk

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Natural Gas Explosion – Personal Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson Denver

 August 17, 2018

Natural Gas Explosion Injures Several in Denver

An explosion shattered an otherwise typical, late summer afternoon in Denver earlier this week. A natural gas line burst in the historic Baker neighborhood, blasting a hole through a multi-family residential unit. The explosion left nine people injured – one of them critically. One fire department official told the Denver Post that it was the… Read more »

Kids Safe – Colorado Personal Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 8, 2018

Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer Season

It’s as surprising as it is scary, but three out of four parents mistakenly think their child’s in the correct size or kind of car seat, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Considering that motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of child deaths, it’s an issue worth addressing. Nearly 650 people… Read more »

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

 November 5, 2018

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

All attorneys at Burg Simpson strive to make our motto more than just words. Both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys work to support local and national communities by protecting their rights and to making certain that crisis recovery and educational opportunities are available to all. In this video, Burg Simpson shareholder and… Read more »

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

 November 2, 2018

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

The negligence of Columbia Gas caused the massive gas explosions  in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover, MA. After the gas explosions, more than 2,000 people found themselves displaced, and their towns resembled a war zone. These gas explosions could have easily been avoided. Columbia Gas had been warned twice over the last decade that an explosion was… Read more »

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 November 2, 2018

Seeking Justice for Victims of the Durango 416 Fire

Colorado’s Durango 416 Fire was caused by the Durango-Silverton Railroad’s coal-burning train on June 1, 2018. The blaze has been reported to be the state’s sixth largest forest fire in history, and the fire destroyed homes and businesses in Durango and the surrounding area. Burg Simpson is now representing those affected by the 416 Fire… Read more »

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

 November 2, 2018

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