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Receiving Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries


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4/11/2017
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Unfortunately, a dog’s bark really isn’t worse than his bite. Not only are bites painful, they can lead to dangerous infections. When bacteria reaches the lower layers of the skin or enters the bloodstream, potentially fatal infections may develop.

Dog bites can lead to these four types of infections:

Rabies

Rabies isn’t common, but it is perhaps the best-known of all dog bite infections. It is certainly the most serious. Left untreated, rabies can attack the spinal cord and brain, and may be fatal. Common symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, hallucinations, and seizures. Rabies is treated with a series of injections which have the best chance of working when administered prior to the onset of symptoms.

Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph)

If a dog bite leads to a staph infection, the area around the injury may become red, swollen, and painful to the touch. If the infection is deep, there may be pus or fluid drainage. A staph infection that reaches the victim’s bloodstream can create a condition known as sepsis, which may be fatal. Symptoms of sepsis include fever, low blood pressure, and chills.

Group A Streptococcus (Strep)

Like staph infections, strep infections frequently lead to redness, pain, and swelling of the skin tissue around the bite area. If the infection is mild, antibiotics will typically clear it up. More serious infections may require intravenous medication. If the infection goes untreated, the victim may experience confusion, seizures, skin loss, and headaches.

Pasteurella

Like other infections, those caused by Pasteurella bacteria may result in tenderness, swelling, and redness of the skin surrounding the bite. Antibiotics are typically prescribed to treat the infection. In rare cases, these infections may lead to pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and meningitis.

You Need an Attorney

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, the resulting injuries can be both painful and serious. Obtain medical treatment, then seek representation by an attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC, to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
 

 



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