Dog Bite Injuries

Posted Tue 17th Sep, 2019 | by | on Uncategorized | colorado personal injury law, Denver injury attorney, dog bit, Kidneigh Kaufman, personal injury attorney, Personal Injury Lawyer, vicious dog

People Love Their Dogs

Dogs are indeed man’s best friend and make an amazing household pet. In Colorado, dogs are a part of life.  Whether you are walking down 16th Street Mall, shopping at Home Deport, or going on a hike, you are likely to see a dog.  In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5% of households in the United States own at least one dog. Most of the time, these pets are harmless, but dog bites and resulting injuries do happen. According to a study on dog bite prevention done in 2019 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States per year. Out of those dog bites, 800,000 result in medical care.

Dog Bite Injuries

The most common concern with dog bites is infection. Infection happens easily and can cause pain and swelling. If not treated, common infection can become serious diseases. In the same study previously mention, the CDC states that 1 out of 5 dog bites get infected. To prevent this, your medical provider should be contacted immediately following the bite. On top of this, make sure that the wound is cleaned well and let it bleed minimally to let the bacteria out.

Sometimes dog bites are severe enough to require hospitalization. The average cost for hospitalization was $18,200 in a study done by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2010. It was reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that almost 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery related to dog bites in the year 2018 alone.  According to the Insurance Information Institute, $675 million in liability claims was paid relating to dog bites and dog-related injuries in 2018.

Dog Bite Laws

Colorado has specific laws and rules that apply to dog bite injuries.  There is a specific Dog Bite Law, C.R.S 13-21-124, that allows victims who suffer serious bodily injury from a dog to recover their economic damages for things like medical bills or lost wages.  Unfortunately, the Dog Bite Law does not apply to every situation and does not allow victims to recover for things like pain and suffering, disfigurement, and impairment.  Under those, circumstances, dog bite victims may have to make another claim to recover the full amount of their injuries, damages, and losses.  It is important that you consult with experienced dog bite attorneys like Kidneigh & Kaufman so they can review your case and determine the best way for you to recover the full amount of your damages.   

If you are someone you know has suffered from a dog bite or other dog-related injury, please contact the attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman, P.C.