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4 injuries to look for after a dog bite

You were out on a bike ride, just like any other day. Today was different, though. A neighborhood pet got loose, and you saw it walking ahead of you on the road. You knew the dog, so you didn't think anything of approaching it on your bicycle. Suddenly, it barred its fangs and attacked.

The dog might have been frightened of the bicycle or aggressive for other reasons, but that doesn't matter now. You were able to get away, but you're dealing with many injuries and potential complications. The owner does need to be held liable for the injuries his pet has caused, so you can focus on your recovery.

What are some of the things you could be faced with after a dog attacks?

1. Infections

Infections are common after being bitten by an animal. It's not unusual for medical providers to take blood samples from you and the dog to rule out things like rabies or other opportunistic infections if there's a risk to your health. Many people take antibiotics after a dog bite to help clear up any infection that may have developed. It's most common to get infections in the joints or in areas with puncture wounds.

2. Broken bones

Dogs have strong enough jaws to break bones. That means that if you put your hand up to block the dog's attack, you may now have broken fingers to deal with. Or, if you kicked at the animal, you may now have broken toes or a broke legs from it biting and ripping your leg from side to side.

3. Torn ligaments

When a dog latches onto a person, it grabs hold tightly before shaking its head. This aggressive move has the potential to cause you serious harm. As the dog shakes its head, its teeth rip through ligaments, tendons and muscle fibers. In serious cases, you may need to have surgery to repair the damage.

4. Lacerations

Lacerations also cause you pain and can lead to excessive bleeding. If you have lacerations that continue to bleed despite efforts to stop them, you could require surgery or transfusions to replace your lost blood. As the dog bites into you, you generally suffer a puncture wound first. However, when the dog moves its head, this causes the skin and other fibers to tear, leading to lacerations (or cuts). Deep lacerations have a higher likelihood of infection, because saliva and bacteria get deep into the body. You may need to take antibiotics and have the wound cleaned surgically.

These are just a few injuries you could suffer from a dog bite. Your attorney can help make sure you get the compensation you need while you recover from your injuries.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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