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Not only are dog bites painful, but they can also put you at significant risk of further complications, especially if left untreated. Issues like bacterial infections, scarring, nerve damage, and emotional stress can cause serious problems, lots of pain, and even the risk of serious complications.
Treating a dog bite right away can’t take away all the pain, but it can certainly help reduce your risk down the road. If a dog bit you or someone you love, here’s what you should do to treat it:
Your doctor also will likely ask you about the dog’s vaccine history. If you can, get that information from the dog’s owner and bring it to your medical appointment.
About half of all dog bites infect the person with some kind of bacteria, which can lead to an infection.
Infections are one of the most dangerous outcomes after a dog attack. Left untreated, an infection can cause conditions like tetanus, rabies, or even sepsis. To treat these conditions, injured people need a rabies vaccine or antibiotics. However, the goal is to get proper dog bite treatment early, reducing your risk of serious complications later.
Signs your bite is infected: the area is red, swollen, and warm and tender to the touch.
No matter how severe your wound was, recovery after a dog attack can be challenging. You’re shaken up, you are in pain, and getting life back to “normal” is going slower than you like. Plus, if you needed extensive medical care, you’re probably facing a pile of bills. If this sounds like your situation, it’s time to consider filing an insurance claim or lawsuit to recover the cost of your medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Winning a lawsuit or getting a settlement is also a way many people find closure after an attack.
With more than 25 years serving the people of Alabama, Mississippi, and the Gulf Coast, we know how difficult it is to get your life back on track. We believe that if you (or someone you love, like your child) is suffering because of someone else’s dangerous dog, you shouldn’t have to pay for their negligence. That’s where our personal injury firm enters the picture.
We fight for people injured in dog attacks, helping them file claims to cover their care costs, lost wages, and pain. Our team has the experience and tenacity to win on your behalf, and we have the track record to prove it. Since our inception, we’ve won over half a billion dollars for our clients—people just like you.
Since our inception, we’ve won over half a billion dollars for our clients—people just like you.
Dogs can be dangerous, even if they don’t cause bite injuries. If you were hurt in a dog attack, but the dog didn’t bite you (for example, they lunged at you, and you fell and were injured), you could still be eligible to collect financial compensation. To learn about your options, contact our team. We’re happy to help.
Dog bites are serious injuries that require serious representation. Our team of personal injury lawyers is ready to hear your story, help you understand your options, and give you no-nonsense legal advice about what to do next.
We can meet with you in a free consultation in your home, in our office, by phone, or even in the hospital. These meetings are completely private, with no strings attached. And if you decide to let us fight for you, you don’t owe us a dime unless we win on your behalf. Get started today by calling our offices at 251-888-8888 or completing this brief online form. We look forward to hearing from you.
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