Victims of dog bites and attacks can sustain serious puncture wounds, scarring, disfigurement, blood loss, tissue damage, nerve damage, and of course, infection. Even the smallest of dog bites can lead to life threatening consequences.
The mouth of a dog is far from clean, as it can contain deadly bacteria and various other pathogens that can easily be transferred to an individual who is bitten. Should this bacteria be transferred to the victim’s dog bite wound, then the bacteria can spread and multiply, therefore causing a severe infection. Studies show that approximately 20% of all dog bites can actually result in an infection.
Signs of a Dog Bite Infection
Here are some signs of a dog bite infection:
- Red and painful skin
- Sensitivity in the infected area
- Increased warmth in the infected area
- Discharge or pus
- Swollen lymph nodes
If you have been bitten by a dog and wish to prevent getting an infection, seek medical attention as soon as possible after the dog bite or attack. A doctor will be able to thoroughly clean and disinfect your wound. A doctor may also prescribe antibiotics or other medication to kill any bacteria that may have entered your bloodstream.
Hiring A Dog Bite Attorney
If you or someone dear to you has been attacked or bitten by a dog and was treated for a severe infection due to the attack, you may not be accountable for your related medical expenses.
Consult with an capable dog bite attorney as soon as possible. An attorney should be able to discuss your legal situation with you, and help you obtain financial reparation for your pain and suffering, injury, medical costs, and other related expenses.
For more information, speak with a personal injury attorney from The Grossman Law Firm.