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Dog bites can lead to serious complications

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2024 | Dog Bites And Attacks

Dog bites can range from minor to catastrophic injuries that require emergency medical attention. Some long-term complications can occur in the aftermath of a dog bite.

Anyone bitten by a dog should understand some of the complications that may occur. This awareness may help them to determine when they need to seek medical attention.

Infection at the bite site

One of the most common complications following a dog bite is infection. Dog saliva can carry bacteria, which can enter the wound and lead to infections. Symptoms of an infection may include redness, swelling, increased pain and oozing from the wound. If not treated promptly with appropriate antibiotics, these infections can spread and cause more severe health issues. Sepsis, which is a potentially life-threatening response to infection, is also possible.

Nerve damage near the injury

Dog bites can cause significant nerve damage, especially if the bite is deep or occurs near sensitive areas such as the face, neck or hands. Nerve damage can result in loss of sensation or impaired motor function in the affected area. In severe cases, the damage can be permanent. The victim may have a long-term disability and the need for ongoing medical treatment and physical therapy to manage the symptoms.

Scarring and disfigurement around the bite

Scars are a frequent outcome of dog bites. This is particularly true if the bites are deep or require surgical intervention to clean and close the wound. In areas like the face, scarring can lead to disfigurement, which can have psychological and physical effects. In some cases, reconstructive surgery may be necessary to improve the appearance of scars and restore function to the affected area.

Psychological impact of a dog attack

Victims, especially children, may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and a persistent fear of dogs. These psychological effects can interfere with daily life and may require therapeutic intervention to help the individual cope with trauma and regain a normal routine.

Medical care can help to prevent or treat many of these complications. The care for a bite and related treatments, as well as the missed wages a person might be dealing with can negatively impact a victim’s finances. Working with a legal professional who understands these cases may help victims to determine what compensation they should seek and how to build their case.