Being bit by a dog is potentially going to carry the weight of both physical and emotional damage to both children and adults. There’s the actual mental trauma of what happened, but also in many cases there can be devastating and lifelong injuries, including scarring and disfigurement.
When speaking of dog bites, often people do not know what to do after an attack. They are unsure if they should seek medical attention, what the possible implications of a dog bite or animal attack are, and what next steps can possibly be taken against the owner of the animal.
In terms of when to seek medical attention, keep in mind that dog bite wounds can be extremely dangerous. There’s the risk of not only rabies, but also infection. Because of this, one surgeon-in-chief at a children’s hospital said that if the skin has been broken or there is a deep puncture would, medical treatment should be sought. It’s also a good idea to make sure that a tetanus shot is up to date, or get a new one.
In conjunction with possible medical treatment, those bitten should gather information on the animals vaccination history.
Aside from rabies and infection, dog bites can also result in scarring, possible disfigurement and/or the need for multiple plastic surgeries. Due to the high cost, and sheer pain associated with a dog bite, it is important to remember the legal action that could be taken against a dog owner for the bite even happening in the first place.
Contact the Dog Bite Law Firm of Bice Law
As you can see, there are several factors that need to be investigated in a dog bite case. An investigation is needed to uncover the dog’s past behavior, to identify if any insurance is available to satisfy a claim, and to understand who was accountable. If you have a question about whether you have a potential dog bite injury claim, take the first step to protect your legal rights contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law. We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling 877-BICE-877 or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a dog bite attorney. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.