Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that dogs attack 4.5 million people each year? Of these, approximately 900,000 leads to infection. Add to this the fact that more than 35 percent of households own a dog and suddenly you see just how common dog bites and other animal attacks are.

At Dolan + Zimmerman LLP, we see the very real and devastating damage caused by dog bites. There is not only the physical pain and scarring that often comes with a bite, but also the emotional damage — especially for small children.

After a dog bite or animal attack in Colorado, it's important to take the following steps right away:

Step 1: Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Dog and animal bites carry a high risk for infection. Left untreated, an infection can lead to illness or even death. This is not something you want to take any chances with.

Step 2: Report The Bite To Authorities

Whether the bite came from a stranger's dog or the animal is known to you, it does not matter. The bite needs to be reported. The simple fact that you were bitten means you do run the risk of contracting a disease. The authorities need to be contacted so you can confirm if the animal is up to date on its vaccinations.

Step 3: Contact An Attorney

Animal owners have a legal responsibility to control their animal. This means having the proper fencing or making sure to always use a leash when out on a walk. And while an owner may swear that their dog is the friendliest in the world, dogs are still animals who can act unpredictably.

While the first step after an animal bite or attack should always be your own health, the next step is to call a lawyer. At Dolan + Zimmerman LLP, we understand the physical pain and emotional suffering that comes from dog bites. Call our Boulder law office at 720-943-4964 or email us by filling out our online form. We will listen to the specifics of your case and let you know what next steps and options are possible.