Many people interact with dogs on a daily basis, and therefore dog bites are a common occurrence, especially for young children. An animal or dog bite can result in serious injuries with long lasting effects. Even though most dog bites are not fatal, a majority of them require some sort of medical attention. After a dog bite, you should immediately seek medical treatment for any of your wounds. This is of utmost importance because dog bites can carry a serious risk of infections including a high risk of tetanus and rabies. You education yourself in what to do following a dog bite including documenting the injury with photographs and diagrams when necessary. Certain information, such as the time of your injury, and the immunization and general health of the animal must be determined to establish your risk of infection. Please remember to look for signs of an infection, including: redness, swelling, heat and pus.
Basic first aid may not be enough as a dog bite victim often require surgery, antibiotics, shots or vaccinations. Medical attention is also especially important for younger children who may not have the ability to fight off an infection.
The vast majority of dogs are vaccinated in the United States, and therefore contracting rabies is not always a huge concern for dog bite victims. However, this does still happen at times and therefore you should contact your local health department or animal control to determine if this might be a problem. If the dog has not been vaccinated or you cannot locate the dog, then you should be treated with the rabies vaccine within 48 hours of your bite. Rabies can be fatal to humans if not treated properly so please use the utmost caution.
Cosmetic Surgery Not Covered by Insurance
Many people do not realize that future surgeries may not be covered by their health insurance. Sometimes the only way to get coverage for future unexpected surgeries is to bring a claim immediately against the dog owner. Many times there is scarring or disfigurement from a dog bite that can require plastic surgeon to reconstruct the area. An attorney with experience in dog bite injuries will be able to obtain the legal-medical reports from credible plastic surgeons that will help your case and give you the proper documentation to pay for these future surgeries.
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