Common Injuries from Dog Bites

Dog Bites Dan - April 13, 2021
Fort Wayne Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Being injured by a dog bite is a terrifying experience that can lead to severe injuries with long-lasting negative consequences. If a negligent dog owner is responsible for your serious dog-bite injury, reach out to a personal injury attorney today. 

 

Dogs can make great pets, and if you’re a dog person, you understand how loving and loyal they can be. Unfortunately, however, not all dog owners are as careful as they should be in relation to protecting others from their dogs. The fact is that dog bites can lead to extremely serious injuries that often lead to ongoing health concerns or even death. This is not to mention the terror involved with being attacked by a dog. If a dog owner’s negligence leaves you injured by a dog bite, turn to the professional legal counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney for help. 

Bacterial Infections

Dog bites are especially prone to infection at the wound site. Because dog bites are puncture wounds, they often inject serious infections deep into their victims’ tissue. Two serious bacterial infections associated with dog bites include:

 

  • Capnocytophaga – Capnocytophaga is a serious infection that sometimes grows in the mouths of dogs and cats. CDC shares that, while it doesn’t make the animals themselves sick, it can cause severe infections in humans. Those with compromised immune systems are most at risk. 
  • Sepsis – The Mayo Clinic reports that sepsis is a condition caused by the body’s overly aggressive response to an infection, such as one introduced by a dog bite. The chemical reaction involved can damage internal organs and lead to septic shock. 

 

Bone Fractures

A ferocious dog bite can lead to bone fractures, especially for children, and they are both exceptionally painful and slow to heal. When the fracture is on or near the face, it can crush the delicate bones and lead to irreparable damage and to permanent disfigurement. Such injuries often require extensive surgeries and can result in life-threatening complications.  

Torn Ligaments

The nature of dog bites and attacks is that they are often on the face, hands, and feet, and all of these body parts boast delicate bones and ligaments right at the surface, which leaves them far more vulnerable to torn ligaments and other soft-tissue injuries. Because the blood flow to these extremities is less vigorous than in other parts of the body, they are also more prone to a dangerous infection. 

Discuss Your Dog Bite Case with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today

Injury-causing accidents are frightening, but when the injury you endure is caused by a dog attack, it can be terrifying. If a dog owner’s negligence leaves you with a serious dog bite injury, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Blackburn & Green have experience seeking favorable resolutions of complicated dog bite cases like yours, and we’re here for you, too. To learn more about how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 1-800-444-1112 today.

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