Have You Been Bitten By a Dog?
Every year in America approximately 4.5 million people are attacked by dogs. Almost 20% of all dog bites will become infected. Dog bite victims can be exposed to disease, disfigurement, disability, PTSD, and even death.
It is no surprise that dogs whose owners neglect their emotional and medical needs are more likely to bite. As a direct result of this neglect, victims of dog bites are exposed to numerous dog borne diseases. Swift attention by medical professionals with a keen focus on all of the possible disease transmissions is essential. Some of these diseases include, but are not limited to:
- Rabies: Animal bites are the usual route for rabies transmission. Rabies is almost always fatal if treatment is not performed early.
- Capnocytophaga: Animal bite transmission of Capnocytophaga results in sepsis in humans. This is a bacterial infection which will require medical attention.
- Pasteurella: Another bacterial risk from animal bites. Treatment with antibiotics will be necessary.
- MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus): A difficult to treat bacterial infection posing a stronger risk in treatment than staph due to its resistance to antibiotics. MRSA can be transmitted through animal bites.
- Tetanus: Dogs are known carriers of tetanus and dog bites can transmit the disease. As tetanus proves fatal 40-50% of the time when left untreated, swift medical assessment and treatment are urgently needed.
It is a sad reality that disfigurement and dog bites go hand in hand. When a dog intends harm to a person, the damage done by teeth and claws will be swift and can be profound. Disfigurement can be physically and emotionally painful and alter the way you feel about the person looking back at you in the mirror. Treatment for wounds inflicted can be expensive and may not yield the desired results. While disfigurement can sometimes be treated with plastic surgery, many insurance companies will not cover this type of treatment.
Unfortunately, many people attacked by dogs will have some degree of disability for an indeterminate amount of time. Time off of work, medical bills, physical pain, and many other costly results from your attack will complicate your healing process and cost you money. Temporary and permanent disability are both stressful potential outcomes of a dog bite.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Psychological Distress
After a serious and traumatizing event, many individuals will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Anxiety stemming from the physical and emotional pain of the event, concern about the potential for future attacks, loss of enjoyment in being in the company of dogs, worry over medical bills and medical procedures – all are potential natural responses to a stressful event that you never chose.
State Laws Are On Your Side!
Luckily, state laws are on your side! When a dog has done you harm, local laws tend to favor the injured party. You should not be left to handle the costs of treatment, permanent injury, loss of wages, and emotional damages alone.
Why You Need an Attorney for Your Dog Bite Case Now!
You have already been through a traumatic life event, now is the time to turn to a professional who knows how to fight for you and knows how to win! Attorneys who specialize in dog bite personal injury lawsuits can relieve you of the stress you are carrying and get you the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a dog bite, it is highly possible that you can file a personal injury lawsuit. The dog’s owner or their insurance company may owe you compensation for your or your loved one’s injuries. Give us a call to set up a consultation. During the consultation we can help you determine if a personal injury lawsuit is the right course of action for you. Rest assured that we will do all we can to assist you.