A severe dog bite injury is a deep wound that punctures and tears the skin, requiring medical attention. It differs from the scrapes and mild lacerations you can get from a dog bite, although these can be dangerous, too.
Severe dog bite injuries can result in tissue damage or permanent scarring. Some of these injuries can be life-altering, and the most severe ones can even lead to death.
Your injuries can also be severe if you get an infection from the bite. Most dog bite infections need urgent medical treatment. Failure to get the correct treatment can risk your life.
What Are the Types of Severe Dog Bite Injuries?
Dog bites can be very dangerous and inflict multiple injuries. This is because their mouths harbor a lot of infections that can transfer to a person when bitten. Dog bite wounds range from mild to severe. Both kinds of dog bite injuries are dangerous, but the severe ones need more extensive treatments.
Multiple injuries fall under the category of severe dog bite injuries. Some of these involve the most dangerous infections you can get from a dog bite. They include:
Head and Neck Injuries
A dog can inflict injuries on your head and neck; this is especially common in younger children. These injuries are more painful than others because these are sensitive areas with more nerve endings. They are also traumatizing and can affect how you look at yourself.
Some head and neck injuries can be so severe that they require reconstruction surgery. You might not be able to heal normally; sometimes, the injuries don’t heal at all. Your doctor might suggest reconstructive surgery to restore those areas, which can be expensive.
Fractures and Broken Bones
Dogs have strong jaw muscles. These can break or fracture your bones when they bite you. In other instances, you might fall and break your bones while running away from a dog that is chasing you.
Broken bones are not only painful, but they also require a long time to heal. You might be out of commission for a while as you recover.
Our firm’s dog bite lawyers can help you file a dog bite lawsuit against the irresponsible dog owner for the injuries you suffered. This will hold the owner accountable for their negligence and can cover your medical expenses.
You can get this deadly virus if an infected dog bites you. This infection is fatal and can lead to a quick death if you don’t get prompt treatment. It infects your central nervous system and can cause it to shut down.
It is important to ask the dog owner for proof of their dog’s vaccination to know if it is up to date. If the dog owner does not have their pet’s vaccination card or refuses to share it with you, go to the hospital immediately. Because of its fast-spreading nature, you need to get your wound treated after exposure to prevent you from contracting it.
This deadly condition occurs from an aggressive reaction to an infection. This happens when your body overreacts, producing more chemicals than necessary to deal with the infection.
Sepsis can interfere with your internal systems and cause them to shut down. Septic shock is dangerous to people with compromised immunity, such as older adults, young children, and pregnant women.
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What Should You Do After Sustaining Severe Injuries from a Dog Bite?
The first and most important step after sustaining injuries is to get medical attention. You should do this even if you think your injuries are not serious. This is because some injuries can take a long time to show their effects, making them harder to treat.
Something else you should do is inform the authorities of the incident. This is especially important when the dog owner was negligent or refused to share their dog’s vaccination report. The authorities can get you the necessary information and record the dog owner’s personal information.
You should also find a dog bite lawyer. Our dog bite attorneys have more than 400 years of combined legal experience. They will help you pursue justice from the party responsible for your injuries.
How Can a Lawyer Help After a Severe Dog Bite Injury?
Our lawyers will put your needs first, ensuring you get all that you need to make your case successful. They will stop at nothing to ensure you get the justice you deserve. They will undertake different procedures to help this happen, such as:
- Gathering evidence of the accident and injuries
- Dealing with all paperwork regarding dog bite injuries
- Negotiating a fair settlement with the liable party
- Following up on your case to ensure it doesn’t get lost in other legal documents
- Offering legal advice regarding your case and advising you on the best way to proceed
We don’t charge any upfront fees and costs and only get paid when you see results. We will not rest until we bring the dog owner to justice.
What Damages Can You Recover for a Severe Dog Bite Injury?
Our dog bite lawyers can help you recover economic and non-economic damages. These are financial and non-financial damages, respectively, that you get from your injuries. Some of these damages include:
- Medical bills, medication, and surgeries
- Pain and suffering damages
- Cost of physical and psychological therapy
- Loss of income or the ability to earn income
- Reduced quality of life
Our lawyers can also help you pursue wrongful death damages if the injuries result in your loved one’s death. Some of them include:
- Loss of companionship and guidance
- Burial and funeral costs
- The deceased’s medical bills
- Their pain and suffering
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Call Us Today for Legal Help with a Severe Dog Bite Injury
Our attorneys at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers are ready to take care of your dog bite case for you. You can seek compensation if you or your loved one were in an accident resulting in severe dog bite injuries.
We know the legal processes required and will ensure we adhere to the rules and get results. Call Darryl “The Hammer” Isaacs and his team of personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.