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What are the medical complications of dog bites?

On Behalf of | Dec 9, 2021 | Personal Injury

Every dog has the potential to harm someone by biting them and causing severe damage. Even if the wound does not appear to be very intense at first, the more dangerous consequences can take some time to settle in. You may not think a dog bite can happen to you, but millions of people suffer from dog bites each year.

If you have recently suffered a dog bite, you need to know what is at stake in your health and why you should always see a doctor after a bite. Here are a few of the consequences that people can suffer from a bite:

Infection

Despite the rumor that a dog’s mouth is actually cleaner than a person’s, a dog bite can quickly turn into severe staph or strep infection. These infections can create blisters and boils on the body and even become fatal if neglected for too long.

Nerve and muscle damage

If a dog bites deep enough or in the right place, it can cause permanent physical damage. Muscle tissue may not grow back properly or as strong as it once was, leaving the victim with limited use of the wounded area. Nerve damage can also mean a partial or total loss of feeling in an area or even total paralysis.

Rabies

We often hear about rabies in movies, but it is still a very real danger. This disease can be fatal in as little as 24 hours, leaving the victim little time to decide if they need medical treatment. Even if it is not necessary, the cost of a rabies shot can be high, which is why you need to be sure to file a compensation claim for your injuries.

Get the compensation you need

Medical expenses can quickly add up for a severe infection, muscle damage, or a life-threatening illness. If a dog bites you, seek the help of an experienced lawyer to help you hold the dog’s owner accountable for your injuries and earn the fair and full compensation you deserve.