Dog Bites And Animal Attacks

Every year, thousands of people are bitten or attacked by pets — dogs, goats and other livestock — in Colorado and suffer serious injuries. Under Colorado law, pet owners can be held strictly liable for the behavior of their animals. Also, pet owners can be held liable for negligent handling of their dogs and other livestock. If you have been bitten or injured by a dog or domestic animal or livestock, you have the right to seek financial compensation from the insurance company. Pet owners pay for homeowners insurance policies that cover injuries their pets cause.

The Law Office of Chadwick McGrady, P.C., in Grand Junction is ready to efficiently and effectively negotiate a full and fair settlement with the insurance company.

If You Have Been Bitten By A Dog Or Another Pet Animal:

  • Get names, addresses and phone numbers from witnesses at the scene.
  • Seek medical attention immediately. Let a physician determine the full extent of your injuries. You will need to have your doctor visit and treatment plan on record.
  • Do not negotiate a settlement directly with the animal's owner. Everything you say or do will be used against you if the insurance company fights your claim.
  • Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Sue The Insurance Company, Not The Individual Pet Owner

Many dog bite victims are concerned about suing a friend or family member after a dog bite. Remember, most pet owners carry homeowners insurance to guard against lawsuits stemming from attacks by their dogs or other pet animals. That means that you will be suing an insurance company — possibly your own — rather than an individual. In many cases, the pet owner will be unaffected by the lawsuit.

Protect your rights after a dog bite or animal attack. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who will make a difference. Discuss your claim with attorney Chadwick McGrady as soon as possible. Contact the firm's office at 970-644-5599 to arrange a free consultation.