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Numbness Caused by Nerve Damage from Dog Bites to the Hand

Being attacked by a dog can be a traumatic experience. These injuries can often materialize into nerve damage, which can result in long term damage requiring extensive therapy. Hand injuries are some of the most complicated types of injuries and require long term care to correct. Our hands are one of the most complex areas of our body. When a dog bite occurs to our hand, arm or any part of the  body nerve damage can result. If you have been injured, read the following information below or call our offices for a free consultation. We believe that we are the best personal injury lawyers in the State of California. Call us today for a free consultation.

Different Categories of Nerve Damage

There are three different categories of nerve damage or nerve injuries, which are suffered as a result of a dog bite. These three include (1) Axonotmesis; (2) Neurotmesis; and (3) Neurapraxia. Axonotmesis This occurs when there is a serious crushing force to the tissue. For example a bite from a pit-bull or police canine dog can cause this type of nerve damage. Medically, this is considered a serious type of nerve damage, which can result in long term issues, requiring therapy. In some instances the damage cannot be reversible. Neurotmesis This category is considered the most severe of all types of nerved damage. When this type of injury occurs, the actual nerve is severed entirely, leaving you with permanent damage. Again, this can occur when there is a forceful bite to any region of the body. Because our tissue is covered with nerve endings, it can occur anywhere there is a bite. It is not limited to the hand and can include damage to the neck, thigh, torso or stomach region. Neurapraxia Generally this is regarded as the least difficult or serious type of nerve damage. It is often times not permanent and recovery is almost certain. This type of injury deals more with the compression of the nerve rather than the loss or severing of the nerve.

Homeowner Liability

In certain cases homeowners and apartment building owners are held responsible when they permit a dog which they know have vicious properties to remain on the property. Homeowners are required to take steps to secure the property and avoid escape, which can lead to serious injuries. The use of a strong leash or brick laid walls are necessary when attempting to contain dogs with the propensity to escape. When homeowners fail to take measure to protect against pedestrian attacks they will be held responsible for injuries which result.

Other Factors to Consider

While nerve damage is one of the most devastating injuries after a dog bite, it does not mean it is the only injury. Often times there is a strong psychological component which comes with these types of injuries. Psychological injuries can include fear of dogs or a general type of anxiety which can develop after an attack. Psychological injuries can be serious and require proper evaluation Any settlement must consider this component or element of your claim. Remember that if you enter into a binding settlement you will not be able to pursue any future claims arising from the same injury.

Free Attorney Consultation or Second Legal Opinion

Make sure that you speak with your attorney and fully understand the effect of any settlement in which you enter. Many law firm lack the experience and knowledge necessary to evaluate the true value of a nerve damage case and maximize recovery on behalf of their clients. Speak to a nerve damage attorney from our law firm for a full understanding of your rights to recovery.


I was wondering if you could tell me the average medical cost for a bill related to possible nerve damage done by a dog?

Thank you!


I was bitten by a dog, the owner gave me her name and number. The name May, and number may b e bogus. I have nerve damage….my right hand index finger is numb. I can not work on a computer easily…I’m typing with my thumb. I do feel diffently when I am out – dogs now put me off. My hand is throbbing. Do you want to try to represent me. I did see a doctor, I am on antibiotics. I wa told by the doctor that I should see. Hand specialist


I was bitten by my son’s Rottweiler . He asked me to watch him while he went away or vacation. As a result of the bite I was hospitalized for infection in my right arm.

Do I have a case?


I was bitten buy a bully pit 6 days ago it was a friends dog i was bitten in my inner thigh left a hole and lacerations from the teeth went to hospital got a Technic shot and a pain shot was given antibiotics and pain killers as its healing its numb cant feel alot he said his shots were up to date but scared of getting rabies


Dog bite in leg numbness in leg and foot


Why is it that after being by a pit bull the thing is Praised. It should be killed. We the victims suffer and No One cares about us. We are left with medical bills a creditors. Well not me. I will seek justice and find the owner and dog and shoot the thing myself. Then I go to jail. What on earth is wrong with Society???? Small kids got killed. What would happen if it was you. A lawyer that got bit???? Rich then😊 We need better rights.Now Today not yesterday.


My foot ankle bitten by a pit bull left with Permanent and now I need surgery to my nerves. I cant feel foot and this New England weather this year hurts. Why did my lawyer make out and I am required to pay for this pit bull bite the rest of my life. Stacey Caplin is the owner. Why not her. It was her pit bull not mine. She walks off happy. If it were my dog I would lse Everything Joke on me. I want her house in Wolfeboro NH😉


I was bit by three dogs at a dog park, at the same time, while they were attacking my dog. I reached down to stop it and got bit. Now I have extensive nerve damage in my hand. It will cost a lot to have it repaired. Bt I was unable to get any names or numbers during the incident due to me being in shock and not having someone help me obtain the information. Is there anything I can do to get help?


I was bitten by a dog it got me in the face and chin first then I pushed it and it grabbed my right hand and destroyed it now I’m left with numbness and aches and pains still to this day it’s been about three years I’ve contacted a lawyer and he wouldn’t get the ppls address of the dog that bite me he wanted me to go do it so it waisted my time like a year waiting on him to tell me he wasn’t going to get there address wanted me to get it for him but idk what to do my hand is still messed up and hurts


My neighbors dog attacked me bad. Pit bull bit through my wrist and see de of knee cutting them open. Lots of puncture bites on hand and leg. Went to hospital,got shot, stitches and antibiotics. Have to go to doctor next week and hand specialist because I can’t feel my thumb and middle of hand. I am during for sure. Hopefully I don’t need surgery. Geees Louise 🤪 Who would of thought they would be attacked by the neighbors dog…Another chapter of life….

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