Updated: Jan 27
You are bitten by a dog, what do you do now?
Initially some thoughts running through your mind may vary from.. “Put that dog down!”; “No, the dog didn’t understand what it was doing.” “When do I need to go to a hospital?”; “ I do not want to be responsible for something bad happening to the dog after this.” “Wait, how do I actually report this?” and lastly, “Do I need a lawyer?”
You may be eligible for compensation once you report the dog bite. You should consult with a lawyer who will be able to help you know your legal options.
Some dog bite injuries can be severe and they can also be minor but you should still take a look into your legal options. Dog bites have serious consequences as they can cause serious damage to the skin, muscles, tendons, nerves and bones.
The dog bite must be assessed for three issues specifically. Skin damage, underlying injuries which affect the muscle, bones or tendons and the third issue are infections. While there can be scars from lacerated skin; lacerated tendons can affect and impair movement of limbs.
Some serious damage from dog bites include:
Puncture wounds, lacerations, muscle sprains and strains, nerve damage, infections, disfigurement, emotional distress, and the medical expenses for the treatment of the dog bite. All of these can be remedied by legal mean.
Infection is one of the biggest problems with dog bites because of the bacteria which can infect the wound. When the teeth skin deep into the flesh, can leave behind bacteria such as streptococcus, staphylococcus, and Pasteurella. You also will need to tested for rabies and tetanus, these costs will add up especially if you need to be treated for these bacteria.
Minor dog bite wounds can be treated in the ER or doctor’s office. Physical exams will determine the extent of the damage to your muscles, nerves and bones. More severe dog bites usually require procedures in operating rooms. Facial wounds are often sutured but those can lead to infection.
Physical scars and wounds are visible to the world, but emotional damage is just as real from dog bites. Severe stress and social anxiety can be caused and affect the way you live your life. PTSD can be a an affect from a dog bit which usually requires help from a qualified therapist. Treatment is needed to help individuals return to their state of wellbeing before the incident, adding more expenses to the recovery.
Dog bites are not rare They are common and over 900,000 people are sent to the ER from a dog bites a year. It is not common that people seek compensation because many people do not understand what they are possibly entitled to. You can seek compensation and receive the legal help you need. You will need help for pay lost from not being able to go to work, medical expenses and therapy expenses. Hire an experienced attorney who will help build your case and ensure that you will be compensated for what you have lost.