The Most Common Injuries From Dog Bites, And What You Can Do
Dog bite injuries are shockingly common. Approximately four and a half million people are bitten by dogs each year! While there are numerous types of potential dog attack injuries that can occur, certain types of injuries are especially common when one is bitten by a dog.
Most dog attack injuries involve puncture wounds. This means that the tooth essentially punches a hole in the skin and underlying tissues. In some cases, the puncture causes serious damage to tissues far below the skin. Additionally, puncture wounds are particularly prone to infection. This risk is compounded by the fact that all animals (including dogs and even humans) have a significant amount of bacteria in their mouths.
Of course, larger dogs have the ability to cause much more dangerous wounds than a small dog. However, even a bite from the smallest dogs could potentially lead to an infection with the potential to become life threatening. This is particularly true, if the dog did not have it’s vaccinations, because there are potentially serious diseases that can be transmitted to humans via a bite from an unvaccinated dog.
Damage To Nerves:
Since dog bites can affect deep underlying tissues, this can lead to nerve damage. When nerves are damaged, it can result in pain that lasts far beyond the injury. In some cases, damage to nerves as a result of a dog bite even could cause problems with mobility.
Lasting, Unsightly Scars:
While the wounds themselves heal, they often result in the formation of scar tissue. If these scars occur in certain areas, it can cause a visible deformity. This is a particularly serious concern when it comes to larger dogs, although even a small dog could leave a very nasty scar if the face is bitten.
How A Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help You:
If you are bitten by a dog and suffer significant injuries, a dog bite lawyer can help you to get the compensation that you deserve. We have won many cases of clients that have had dog bite injuries.