You could suffer nerve damage from a dog bite that can take months or years to heal—if you fully recover. What are the types of nerve damage you could suffer?

Types of Nerve Damage You Can Suffer From a Dog Bite

While some dog bites are minor enough to require only a few stitches and antibiotics, many can cause much more long-term consequences. Victims can suffer with many injuries long after the dog bite incident, including permanent scarring, disfigurement, amputation, loss of vision, or death. One common injury caused by a dog bite that many people do not realize they could suffer is nerve damage.

What Types of Nerve Damage Are Caused by Dog Bites?

A dog’s jaw and teeth are powerful and can tear through skin, muscle, and nerves when biting someone. Even if the dog does not puncture the person’s skin, the victim can suffer nerve damage. In severe cases, this can result in amputation of a limb or finger. There are three types of nerve damage caused by dog bites:

  1. Neuropraxia. This is the least serious type of nerve damage because the nerves are only stretched and not severed. It can result from a bite causing a crushing injury, dislocation, or fracture. A person can take a few hours to a few months to recover from this injury.
  2. Axonotmesis. While the nerves are not severed, they can be severely stretched, causing the loss of movement and paralysis. It can take a dog bite victim months to years to recover from this form of nerve damage.
  3. Neurotmesis. This is the most serious injury where the nerves are crushed, stretched, lacerated, or even worse, severed. While the nerves can be repaired in some cases, often the damage is irreparable, causing permanent loss of some functions. Treatment can include immobilization of the limb or surgery.

If you suffered nerve damage as a result of a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering from the dog bite owner under Washington’s dog bite laws. However, you will need the help of an experienced dog bite attorney who can investigate your attack, value your claim, and negotiate your settlement with the dog owner’s insurance company—especially challenging if you suffer permanent nerve damage. Fill out our online form or call our office today to schedule your free consultation to learn how Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC can help you to hold the dog owner accountable.