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.
Dog bites are dangerous for more reasons than just the bleeding, tearing and mutilation they can cause. One of the more serious aftereffects of a bite is actually infection. There are many infections these bites can cause, and even a minor puncture wound can be a source of agony for someone who has been bitten. After a bite, treatment at a hospital is important, so you can avoid some of these issues. With proper treatment, you can usually treat these issues before they get out of hand and become dangerous to your body.
When you're living with a pet or are visiting with someone who has one, you need to be aware that even a slight bite or scratch can be devastating to the body. If a pet bites, the owner needs to be held accountable for those injuries and the costs you accrue. Any kind of puncture wound or open cut can get infected and cause problems. For example, if you're scratched by a cat, it's possible to get a life-threatening infection from the bacteria on its teeth.
When you're bitten by an animal, there's more to worry about than who's to blame. On top of having to find someone to be held liable, you're going to have to worry about your health.
Often, when you think about animal bites, you probably think of dogs attacking people or larger animals getting violent. Littler animals like rats or pet mice don't cause too much concern, and when you think of the family cat, you probably think about scratches first and foremost. You might consider speaking to your attorney if you're attacked by a cat, though, because they can cause more harm then you may think.
Getting bitten by an animal is not something you'd choose to have happen, but sometimes you don't get the chance to back away or avoid an attack. While you should always seek medical treatment, there are also some things you can do to help care for wounds when they happen. After treatment, you may need to show the state of your injuries to help your attorney build your case as you seek compensation.
If you think you've been attacked by a dog and want to have the owner's treatment of the animal investigated as well as the security of the animal's encasement, you have every right to seek that kind of investigation out. In fact, knowing the level of the bite you received can help you when you make a claim for compensation. However, it's important to know if you've really been under attack or if the dog's behavior is normal.
Dog bites can be incredibly damaging. They tear through the skin and leave lasting damage that may require surgery or other treatments to repair. If the dog wasn't vaccinated, you could need rabies vaccines or treatments, which are painful and require multiple medical visits. Besides the physical damage a dog attack can cause, the emotional trauma can be severe. You may have once loved going outside or playing with pets only to find yourself wary and frightened of the things you once enjoyed.
Dog bites occur many times each year, leading to injuries and suffering for those who are attacked. Sometimes, these dog attacks are fatal. If you've been attacked by a dog, then you know how quickly even a short attack can leave you with wounds that take stitches, emergency surgery and possibly reconstructive surgery to repair.