Imagine walking down the street when a stray dog suddenly runs after you and attacks. Or, maybe you were at a friend's house when the family cat suddenly decided to claw you, digging deep into your arm. Both situations are similar and threatening to you; you're injured, and you need to get medical help.
When you're bitten by an animal, the last thing you're going to be thinking about is how to pay for your care. Your main concern will be getting the help you need to suture wounds, prevent infection or to surgically repair broken bones, torn muscles or other concerns.
When you're bitten by an animal, there's more than just the initial injury to worry about. Animal bite infections can cause a number of severe conditions if the wound isn't cleaned or cared for properly.
You may have been walking down the street, knocking on a neighbor's door to come for a visit, or simply minding your own business in your own yard when it happened: A dog attacked. Now, you have had to seek medical attention and need someone to cover the bills.
Dog bites aren't always preventable, but there is a chance that you can teach your child ways to lower a dog's aggression and to prevent situations in which an animal, like the family pet, gets too aggressive and begins to attack.
If you're bitten by a dog or cat, the way you treat the wound may affect how well it heals. Any time an animal's bite or scratch breaks the skin, it's important to have the wound seen by a medical professional. Even young puppy or kitten bites can become infected, especially those around joints or tendons.
Every day, there are around 1,000 people who suffer from dog bite injuries and require emergency care. These individuals may suffer from lacerations, deep puncture wounds, and infections from these bites.
Imagine being attacked by a pet or a stray animal; even though the injury didn't seem like much, suddenly you're finding yourself ill and in a lot of pain. One of the reasons this might be happening is because of an internal infection from the animal's saliva and bacteria or viruses it carried.
When you think of animal attacks, what do you see? Probably dogs and the damage they can do to a child or adult. Interestingly, they aren't the only animals that can be harmful if they attack, even though their attacks can look more devastating. In fact, cats can cause devastating infections in the human body after you're scratched or bitten.
Whether you're bitten by a pet or stray that has escaped from its owner, bites aren't something to take lightly. Even healthy, vaccinated pets can cause serious harm when biting, including damage to your tissues, bacterial infections and other diseases. Owners are held liable for their pets attacking, so your attorney can speak to you about getting the compensation you need from the person who owns the animal that attacked you. In the meantime, here are some common questions about animal bites.