There is almost nothing scarier than being attacked by an animal. That is especially true when that animal is known ‘man’s best friend.’ Numerous injuries are bound to happen when someone is attacked by a dog that include puncture wounds, nerve damage and lacerations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five dog bites is serious enough to require medical attention. Here are a few of the disturbing facts…
• Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year.
• Over 850,000 of those victims require medical attention.
• Half of all dog bite victims are children.
• Over 25,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery due to a bite in 2012.
Bite Injuries
Dog bites have the potential to cause serious damage to skin, tissues, bones, nerves, muscles, blood vessels and tendons. Depending upon the severity of the bite or attack, reconstructive surgeries may be necessary. Children, who are often bit in the face and neck area when attacked, will require immediate attention from a plastic surgeon to limit scarring. Staying alert for the possibility of infection is also an important part of your doctor’s treatment plan. If the immunization status of the dog is in doubt, a consultation is in order. Additionally, a doctor may also suggest a tetanus shot. In addition to physical injuries the victims often have to deal with pain, suffering and emotional damage that goes along with being attacked. In the case of children, a single bite could result in a lifelong fear of all dogs, both friendly and aggressive
Who Is At Fault?
At the end of the day, a dog owner is responsible for the actions of his or her pet. California has strict-liability laws regarding dog bites and this means that the ‘one free bite’ rule and ‘provocation’ defense don’t apply. Irrespective of the situation or circumstance, dogs must always be under the control of their owners and handlers.
What to do After a Dog Bite?
Even what appear to be minor bites should be medically evaluated. Puncture wounds are common with dog bites, and they are often much more serious than they initially look. If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Medical bills for multiple reconstructive surgeries can be incredibly expensive not to mention the emotional aspect of a dog bite. The Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth will look after your rights, while you recover from your injuries. Feel free to call our office at 888-809-1075 or visit our website at We Can Help!