Being bitten by a dog may be the first step in a long journey ahead, as you may experience dangerous and painful complications.

What complications can occur from a dog bite?

 

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You were enjoying a picnic lunch at Westcrest Park when a dog escaped from the dog area. He lunged for your sandwich and sunk his teeth into your hand. The owner was very apologetic and concerned, and gave you her contact information so that you could follow up with her. You visited your doctor and received a few stitches and antibiotics. Unfortunately, several days later, the pain became unbearable and your hand was almost twice its normal size.

Complications Mean More Costs

Complications from dog bites are common, painful, frustrating, and costly. Frequent doctor’s visits, medications, and additional treatments to help the bite add up quickly, and the insurance company may expect you to pay for them. Some of the complications you could experience include:

  • Infection. Perhaps the most common dog bite complication, infections can cause excruciating pain and limited mobility, depending on where the injury occurs. Washing with soap immediately after the bite takes place can eliminate germs and even has anti-viral properties which can reduce the chances of getting rabies. However, some germs are resistant to even the best antiseptics and antibiotics and can wreak havoc. Infections can hang around for months and cause major setbacks in recovery.
  • Loss of limb. Dog jaws are extremely powerful. In fact, jaws can exert more than 450 pounds of pressure per square inch, which is quite damaging. A dog’s bite could break bones, severely damage tissue, and even result in amputation.
  • Plastic surgery. A majority of dog bite victims are boys between the ages of 5 and 9, and most injuries occur to their faces and necks, as they are near the dogs’ mouths. Depending on the severity and location of the bite, the victim may need reconstructive surgery to repair the damage.

Don’t Let the Negligent Party Get Away With it

No matter how apologetic the dog owner is, she is responsible for her dog’s behavior and any damage he causes. Are you prepared to pay for the medication, doctor’s visits, surgeries, and tests that occurred because someone else’s dog bit you? If not, you’ll need an attorney on your side to fight for your rights. The Andrew Kim Law Firm wants to help you hold the negligent party accountable for its actions. Contact us today to learn how.