Fox 31 Turns to R&H for Perspective on Dog Bite

March 27, 2024 | 1 minute read
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A recent incident at Mayfair Park in Denver has sparked conversations about accountability and legal responsibilities when it comes to dog ownership. A Denver mother, Alex, spoke with Fox 31 after her son was bitten by a dog while at the park. Now, the mom wants accountability after dog bites son at Denver park.

According to Alex, her 8-year-old son approached a woman with her leashed dog asking to pet it. What started as a harmless interaction quickly escalated when the dog bit the child on his upper right arm. The bite broke the skin. The dog owner reportedly left the scene without taking responsibility for the incident.

Frustrated and concerned, Alex explained the emotional and financial toll the incident had taken on her family. Urgent care visits and rabies vaccines have left them facing additional medical expenses.

Fox 31 Reporter Samantha Spitz interviewed Robinson & Henry Personal Injury Senior Associate Matthew Hamblin for legal insights. Hamblin described the legal aspects of dog bite cases, shedding light on the complexities involved in seeking compensation and accountability. 

Hamblin referenced Colorado's dog bite statute. He clarified that dog owners are typically liable for economic damages in cases involving serious bodily injury caused by their pets. 

However, proving liability becomes more intricate when injuries are less severe. Hamblin emphasized the importance of establishing whether the owner knew or should have known about the dog's aggression.

“Since the injuries in this case are not serious bodily injuries, the child’s mother would have to prove that the owner of the dog knew or should’ve known that dog was dangerous prior to the attack,” Hamblin said.

Hamblin illuminates the legal challenges faced by victims of dog bites, underscoring the importance of evidence and legal expertise in seeking compensation. While the law provides a basis for holding dog owners accountable, navigating the legal process can be complex and daunting for individuals dealing with the aftermath of such traumatic events.

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