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Dog bite injuries and complications

You may be familiar with the types of injuries that are commonly associated with animal attacks, including scratches and bites to the skin. However, there are a large number of serious and even fatal dog bite injuries that may not actually be directly related to bite wounds themselves. The attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., have handled many personal injury cases involving serious infections and other injuries caused by preventable animal bites.

One of the most important things to remember when considering a dog attack is that you can sustain a number of significant injuries other than or in addition to a bite. For instance, it is possible to sustain head trauma if you are knocked to the ground by an aggressive animal. Similarly, you could be placed in a dangerous situation in your attempt to escape being chased by a dog. Children and adults alike have been known to be hit by cars in the process of running from a dog bite incident.

UpToDate explains that animal bite injuries can also result in a number of secondary injuries and/or complications. Bite-associated infections can be a major issue for dog attack victims, and can result in debilitating damage. The early stages of a secondary infection can be difficult to properly identify, which means that you might not realize you have an infection until it has progressed. And while many minor infections improve within a relatively short amount of time, others are significantly more serious.

It is estimated that around 40 percent of animal bites to the hand result in infection. Long-term disability can be caused by an infection to this region of the body because tendons, joints and bones can all be affected by the wound. And depending upon factors like your level of immune and vascular health, you may be more susceptible to developing a serious infection and other medical complications from even a seemingly minor dog bite.

If you or a loved one were involved in any kind of animal attack, you may not realize the full nature or severity of your injuries until they begin to experience painful complications. That is why you can learn more about dog bite injuries and personal-injury claims by visiting our web page today.

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