Dogs are wonderful companions. However, an aggressive dog can be quite dangerous. For this reason, it is the animal owner’s responsibility to keep their pet under control in public areas. If you or someone you loved has been attacked and hurt by someone else’s dog, you might pursue the animal owner for financial restitution through a premises liability claim.
The importance of seeking treatment after a dog attack cannot be overstated. Besides obtaining the medical report that directly links your injuries to the animal attack, seeking treatment also ensures that you receive treatment for infections that might arise from the attack.
Here are two serious infections you need to look out for after a dog bite.
While rabies is rare, it is one of the most deadly infections you could get after a dog bite. This viral infection is spread when an infested animal’s saliva comes into contact with an open wound. Some of the symptoms of rabies infection include headaches, confusion and agitation, fever, difficulty eating, confusion and partial paralysis. Immediately following a dog attack, it is vital that you seek medical treatment immediately.
This is a bacterial infection that is spread through dog bites and scratches. Dog attack victims with compromised immune systems (such as people with cancer or HIV) can have a difficult time fighting this infection.
Most dog attack victims will experience Capnocytophaga symptoms within 3 to 5 days after the attack. Some of these symptoms include swelling, blisters around the attack wound, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
A dog bite can leave you with physical and emotional injuries. It can also lead to serious infections. Knowing your legal options can help you take appropriate steps to protect your rights while pursuing a personal injury claim against the dog owner.