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Infections from Dog Bites – Human and Animal Bites

Infections from Dog Bites – Human and Animal Bites Dog bites and bites form other animals have the potential to result in serious and often life threatening infections. Common infections resulting from animal attack include, rabies, strep, staph infections capnocytophaga, tetanus, and herpes. In some rare instance infections from dog bite can be so severe as to result in forced amputations of limbs, Complex regional pain syndrome, and prolonged pain and suffering.  Other than dog bites other animal bites that often result in serious infections include,
  • Bite from other humans – human bites which puncture the skin usually transfer a larger amount of harmful bacteria that dog bite wounds. Common bacteria present in patients with human bites include E. corrodens, streptococci, herpes, and staphylococci.
  •  Bite from Rodents and Mice – Approximately 10% of all rodent bites result in serious infections requiring hospitalization of medical care.
  • Bites from Snakes and other Reptiles – Snake venom may result in necrosis (dying) of the surrounding tissue, common infections from reptilian bites include, Salmonella, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Aeromonas hydrophila in individuals who have sustained bites from alligators.
  • Other Common Animal bites – Pig bites, horse bites, Cat Bites, and Monkey Bites.
Steps to take after a Dog Bite to reduce the risk of exposure to harmful infection:  Fast medical responses to bog bites will reduce the risk of harmful bacterial and viral infections. One should seek medical attention as soon as possible after a dog bite, human bite or animal bite incident. Some important steps which should be taken to reduce the incidence of infections from bites and puncture wounds are as follows.

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  • Meticulous cleansing of the wound
  • Trimming away of the dead tissues, including damaged skin, blood clots as other particles which can result in an increased risk of infection
  • Identifying the probable bacteria or other harmful agents which may have been transmitted and providing suitable medications or injections
  • Pay attention to early warning signs of rabies which can include – hallucinations, flu like symptoms, headaches, and muscles spasms.
  • Watch for signs of sepsis – increased swelling and pain at the site of the wound, headache, and muscles spasm.
Filing a Lawsuit against Dog Owners for Your Injuries: Victims of dog bite are entitled to monetary compensation for all the injuries they have suffered including recovery for (1) All medical and health related costs including the cost of rehabilitation (3) Future medical costs including reconstructive surgical procedures (4) Life care costs due to disabilities (5) Pain and Suffering (6) Lost wages and loss of future incomes and (7) Punitive damages where possible. Contacting an Attorney: If you would like to speak with an attorney regarding the filing of a personal injury claim against dog owners for the injuries you sustained feel free to contact our Law Offices. An attorney will be able to answer your questions 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Call us toll free (855)385-2529.

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