As you might imagine, dog bite wounds have a high chance of becoming infected compared with many other types of injuries. A dog’s mouth is filled with bacteria, and a dog’s teeth can puncture your flesh deeply, transferring bacteria deep into your body. Even if you clean your dog bite wound, it can be difficult to clean it thoroughly without the help of a medical professional.
Generally, if the dog bite has broken your skin, punctured the surface, or resulted in bleeding, you should see a doctor or nurse for professional and immediate medical care to guard against infection. When you see your doctor, you can expect several guards against infection:
If you have been bitten by a dog, be sure to watch out for the signs of an infection even after you have had your injury examined by a doctor:
When most people think about dog bite injuries, they think of bleeding wounds and torn skin. In reality, though, many dog bite victims face a second battle after their dog attack: fighting against a bacterial infection. If an infection is left untreated, the consequences can be extremely serious. The infection can spread to your blood, brain, or other organs. Some infections can result in permanent injury or death.
If you or your child has suffered a serious injury due to a dog attack in California, you may deserve compensation from the animal’s owner or another negligent party. Learn more about your possible California dog bite case by speaking with one of our experienced attorneys during a free, private consultation. Call Russell & Lazarus today at 800-268-9228.