If you were attacked by a dog and injured, you may receive compensation for injuries, medical bills, pain, and suffering, and missed time from work, also known as “lost wages”. Additionally, the dog owner may face criminal charges if state dog bite laws were not followed. It is illegal in many cases for a dog to be unrestrained or unattended, and it is the owner’s responsibility to control their animal.
In some cases, it may not be the owner but a guardian, like a dog sitter or acquaintance, who is liable for the injury because they failed to monitor or restrain the dog. People often underestimate the trauma and pain that can be caused by one of these incidents, and even if the victim sees no immediate symptoms after the attack, complications can arise hours or days after. In extreme cases, a dog attack can lead to the untimely and wrongful death of the victim.
Dogs injure more people in America than any other animal. In fact, up to 90% of animal bites are caused by dogs. Thousands of people are admitted for serious dog bites each day across the nation, and victims can suffer severe injuries and complications as a result of the bite. A dog bite is no small matter. If you or a loved one has been attacked and seriously injured by a dog, don’t dismiss the incident. At Gazda and Tadayon, we are a personal injury law firm that specializes in dog bite accidents. These types of cases can be emotional and complicated: be sure to pick a lawyer who can effectively defend your interests and secure the compensation you deserve.
Dog Bite Diseases & Complications
Rabies is among the worst type of infections you could get from a dog bite. It is a viral infection spread by the saliva of an infected animal, and dogs are some of the most likely animals to spread rabies to people in the modern world. At first, symptoms mimic the flu but severely worsen over time. These symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- General confusion and anxiety
- Difficulty swallowing
- Excess saliva
- Fear brought on by attempts to drink fluids because of difficulty swallowing water
- Partial paralysis
In severe cases, rabies can lead to paralysis or even death in the dog bite victim. If you have information that the dog was not vaccinated, it’s critical to head to the emergency room to prevent infection from spreading.
Other serious bacterial or viral infections include capnocytophaga bacteria, pasteurella, MRSA staph infections, and tetanus. These can cause serious complications in dog bite victims who have weakened immune systems or who are otherwise compromised by other illnesses and treatments. It is critical that the patient seek immediate medical attention, both to get adequate treatment and to help document the injury in the event of a personal injury case.