It is estimated by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that about 4.5 million people are injured by dog bites each year in the U.S. However, because many dog bite victims do not seek medical care after the bite occurs, this number may actually be higher.
However, about 1 million people do seek medical attention after a dog bite each year for various reasons. One of those reasons is infection. Dog bites can leave deep, jagged gashes and cuts in the skin that can easily become infected. Sometimes the signs and symptoms of infection can be obvious. However, this is not always the case. It is important to know what to look for after a dog bite injury and seek the appropriate medical care.
An experienced Middletown dog bite lawyer can evaluate the facts of your case and may be able to file a Middletown dog bite lawsuit on your behalf to compensate you for your injuries.
What are the Common Signs of Infection After a Dog Bite?
The possibility of developing an infection after being bitten by a dog is very high. This is especially true if the dog breaks the skin with its teeth or claws. Once this occurs, the area is open to bacteria and other germs that can cause infection. Also, if a dog bite punctures the skin, the teeth of the dog can inoculate certain forms of bacteria into the skin making infection more likely. The most common signs that could indicate an infection include pain, swelling, redness, and drainage of pus from the injury site. It is important to seek treatment right after a dog bite as even minor bites could get infected.
Should I See a Doctor After a Dog Bite Injury?
It is best to seek medical care after a dog bite injury. If the dog bite breaks the skin or causes you to bleed, you should be seen by a doctor and may need treatment such as stitches or medications to prevent or treat infection. You may also need ongoing therapy for the treatment of any scars that the dog bite leaves behind. If the dog bite does not break the skin or leave any marks, you may elect not to get treatment. However, even injuries that seem minor may cause complications. Dog bites can cause internal damage to nerves, muscles, and tendons. So it is always a good idea to be seen by a doctor after any dog bite injury.
Contact an Experienced Middletown Dog Bite Lawyer Today!
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in the Middletown area, contact one of our experienced Middletown dog bite lawyers located at 1521 West Main Rd., Middletown, RI. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-401-846-5449 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.