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Dog bite infection risks and pursuing a personal injury claim

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | Personal Injury

Dog bites are a surprisingly common occurrence, affecting hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Dog bites can result in severe injuries, both physically and emotionally. While furry friends often bring joy and companionship into people’s lives, it’s essential to recognize that any dog, regardless of breed or temperament, has the potential to bite.

When a dog bite occurs, one of the primary concerns is a risk of infection. While some bites may leave only minor punctures, others can be serious and lead to infections. It is ultimately important to explore the risk of infection if a bite occurs, and whether you might consider pursuing a personal injury claim in the wake of an attack.

Understanding the threat of infection

Dog bites pierce the skin, creating an open wound susceptible to infection from bacteria commonly found in a dog’s mouth. These infections can range from mild skin issues to life-threatening conditions like sepsis. Common signs of infection after a dog bite include:

  • Increased redness, swelling and pain around the bite wound
  • Pus draining from the wound
  • Fever and chills
  • Red streaks radiating from the bite

If you experience any of these symptoms after a dog bite, seek immediate medical attention. Early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics are crucial to help prevent complications.

A factor that can increase your risk of infection from a dog bite is the severity of the bite. Deeper puncture wounds and bites that involve crushed tissue are more prone to infection.

A dog’s vaccination status is another crucial factor to consider. A dog with incomplete vaccinations is more likely to transmit diseases like rabies or tetanus.

When to consider a personal injury claim

If you’ve been bitten by a dog and suffered an infection due to the owner’s negligence, you might have grounds for a personal injury claim. As you explore legal recourse, a key factor to consider is the dog owner’s negligence. Did the owner take reasonable steps to control their dog? Were there leash laws in place that were violated?

The severity of your injuries is another factor to consider when pursuing a personal injury claim. The extent of your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering can influence the value of your claim.

Consulting with a reliable legal team can be helpful if you’re considering a personal injury claim due to a dog bite infection. They can assess your case, determine liability and guide you through the legal process. They can also negotiate a fair settlement with the dog owner’s insurance company or represent you in court if necessary.