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Tuesday 31, Oct, 2017

Know the Complications that Can Follow a Dog Bite

As anybody who’s been bitten by a dog or watched a dog bite a human or animal victims knows, dog bites are painful. A bite from a small dog can be as painful as a bite from a large dog; teeth of any size can cut through flesh and cause the victim to lose a significant amount of blood. But the pain of a dog bite does not end when the dog lets go. Dog bites, particularly when they do not receive prompt cleaning and medical treatment, can lead to complications that require extensive medical treatment. In some cases, a dog bite results in permanent disability. Below are three complications that can follow a dog bite. Be aware of these complications if you or your child are bitten by a dog.

Infection

A bite can transfer harmful bacteria from a dog’s mouth to a human’s body. If a bite wound is not properly cleaned and sterilized shortly after the attack, this bacteria can become infected. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infections occur in 10 to 15 percent of dog bites.

An infection can cause swelling and inflammation of the affected area. Other symptoms of infection include muscle weakness, oozing pus or other fluid from the wound, fever, and fatigue. When an infection is left untreated, it can become a more severe condition like tetanus or rabies. Rabies can be deadly if it is not treated properly.

Nerve Damage

A dog’s teeth can tear through the victim’s nerves and soft tissue, damaging and sometimes completely severing nerves. This can cause the victim to suffer nerve damage, which can result in the loss of sensation or motion in the affected area. Sometimes, nerve damage takes a few weeks to months to heal. In other cases, it takes years to heal. In still others, the victim permanently loses sensation or movement ability in the area where he or she was bit.

Symptoms of nerve damage can include the following in the affected area:

  • Burning;
  • Twitching;
  • Numbness;
  • Weakness; and
  • Pain.

Loss of Extremities or Limbs

Sometimes, an infection or the damage to a bone or tissue in a limb or extremity is severe enough to necessitate amputating the limb or extremity. This can impair the victim’s ability to drive, perform his or her job, and even complete simple household tasks for the rest of his or her life.

Work with an Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

If you or your child have been bitten by a dog, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your damages through a dog bite claim. Immediately following the bite, seek medical attention to ensure that the wound is properly cleaned and treated. Once you have received appropriate medical care, contact our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Arami Law Office to schedule your free consultation in our office.

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