Although many dogs are sweet and well-behaved pets, not every dog is as friendly as your Fido at home. In fact, being attacked and bitten by a dog can be an extremely terrifying and painful experience that results in long-lasting physical and emotional scars. If you have suffered a dog bite in Orange County and need help deciding whether to pursue a claim, please speak with an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney as soon as possible for guidance.
Common Medical Treatments for Dog Bite Injuries
How your dog bite injury is treated will depend on how severe it is and a number of other factors, including the damage to the skin, the damage to any underlying tissues or bones, and the risk of infection. Depending on the severity of your injury, your doctor may recommend the following treatments:
- Clean and assess the wound.
- Lab and imaging studies may be required if the wound is very severe or if there are broken bones or deep tissue damage.
- Your doctor may recommend that you receive a tetanus shot.
- If the dog has not been vaccinated for rabies, or if the dog’s rabies status is unknown, you likely will be given a rabies vaccine.
- You may be given antibiotics if an infection develops or if you are at risk due to an underlying medical condition, like diabetes.
- Surgery may be required to reconnect tissues, and you may have to see a plastic surgeon for scarring.
- In some extreme cases, physical therapy may be helpful in your recovery.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack in Orange County, please speak to an Orange County personal injury attorney today. You can schedule a completely free and confidential case evaluation by calling 1-(949) 851-0222. Or, simply fill out the convenient online contact form on this page for more information.