The Most Common Dog Attack Injuries
Dog bites are a serious matter not only because of the physical and emotional trauma that a victim must endure but if gone without proper care, the injuries sustained during a dog attack can develop into much more serious complications. If you or a loved one is involved in a dog bite accident, you should always seek immediate medical attention. Secondly, you should consider looking for professional legal counsel, because if your case qualifies you may be able to recuperate significant compensation. Our team has put together a list of the most common dog attack injuries and the potential complications that come from them.
Puncture wounds are perhaps the most common because they result from a dog’s instinctual bite. Their sharp canines can dig into your skin, forming a wound that runs deep. This can be cause for concern because wounds that are deeper, as opposed to those that are superficial, run a higher chance of infection. Puncture wounds should be cleaned thoroughly.
Cuts, Scrapes, and Scratches
While these injuries are more superficial they are also prone to infection if they are not treated properly. Any exposed wound that is not cleaned and dressed regularly runs the risk of infection because of the foreign bacteria introduced by the dog. Whether it is saliva or the dirt under their claws, you should take proper care to make sure everything is disinfected.
Broken bones most commonly occur from the struggle during an altercation with the dog. Whether you as the victim are knocked down by a large dog, or you break a bone in the process of defending yourself, there can be serious consequences. Fractures and sprains are equally common as well. These types of injuries require a significant amount of follow-up care, such as having a cast made and removed, so securing compensation will be important to your case.
The face is one of the most sensitive and important parts of our bodies, so if your face is injured during a dog attack, there will more than likely be significant medical costs. In cases of injury to the eye, victims can impair their vision, or even potentially lose it all together. Bone or fractured bones in the face can also lead to expensive procedures such as reconstructive surgery.
Victims of a dog attack oftentimes do not merely suffer from physical trauma. Emotional trauma and other mental conditions can be triggered by an event like a dog attack. Most commonly, people are prone to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other types of anxiety and depression.
A dog attack is unsettling for any person to go through, and what’s more frustrating is the idea that you can be left to deal with the consequences. Know that you don’t have to go through it alone, however, because our legal team at Los Angles Injury Group is here to help. To learn more about your case, call us at 310-954-7248.