According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year, and over 880,000 of them require medical care.
While any dog can bite, DogsBite.org states that the breeds most responsible for injuries include pit bulls, rottweilers, presa canarios, mastiffs, shar peis, and boxers.
What are the most common dog bite injuries?
Nerve Damage – Because dogs have a powerful jaw, their bites can cause severe damage to the nerves that surround the wound which can lead to chronic pain or paralysis.
Puncture Wounds – Puncture wounds often need immediate medical attention as they are often deep, making them high risk for infection. It’s very important to have these wounds thoroughly cleaned and to take the antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
Infection – As mentioned above, dog bites can easily become infected. This is due to bacteria, soil, waste, or other unsanitary materials that can transfer to a wound when a bite takes place.
Eye Injuries – Eye injuries that stem from dog bites include orbital fractures, corneal abrasions, and hemorrhaging. Victims should seek immediate treatment in order to help prevent permanent damage.
Scarring – While most dog bites will heal, some victims are left with permanent body or facial scarring which can alter their quality of life. Those who have facial scarring often need reconstructive surgery that’s both expensive and painful.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – Some dog bite victims begin having nightmares or develop a fear of dogs.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, please contact us. We will determine if you have a claim and if you do, we will work to get you the settlement you deserve.