Dog owners are responsible for ensuring their pet does not bite or cause harm to anyone. However, even the friendliest dog breeds might unexpectedly turn aggressive. Dog bites can be severe enough to cause infections, lasting scars, or death.
If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation from the owner. Knowing the type of injury you suffered may help you understand its severity and strengthen your case.
Dog bites can cause puncture wounds if the dog’s teeth penetrate the skin. They can be small but deep enough to cause an infection, which can lead to lasting complications.
A laceration is a severe cut on the skin that can also be deep enough to tear muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. It is best to ask a medical professional to clean and close the wound to prevent bacteria and reduce infection.
Large dogs can possess enough jaw strength to break or crush human bones. Children are especially susceptible to bone fractures and crushing injuries because dogs can get closer and bite them more easily.
During an attack, an aggressive dog may rip or tear away skin or body parts such as the ear. This causes an avulsion injury and may require reconstructive surgery.
Any injuries you suffer from a dog attack, such as a laceration, avulsion, or puncture wound, can cause scarring. Some severe bite injuries can leave permanent scars that can only be treated with a skin graft or laser treatment.
A wound that causes nerve damage in the muscles may cause you to suffer sharp pains, temporary loss of bodily function, muscle twitching, and numbness. It is possible to repair nerve damage if it is treated immediately. However, symptoms of nerve damage do not always show up right away.
Most dogs are vaccinated against rabies, but if you are attacked by one that is not, you should get checked immediately. Rabies infections can cause paralysis and difficulty speaking and can sometimes even be fatal.
Whatever your injury, seek medical treatment right away after a dog attack, and be sure to document everything. The court must consider all the circumstances surrounding the dog attack before awarding compensation. You may need to consult a lawyer to determine if you have a case.