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What lasting physical injuries can dog bites cause?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Dog Bites |

Dogs, often cherished companions for humans, are typically loyal and affectionate. Yet, despite their friendly demeanor, dogs can sometimes bite.

While some bites may seem minor, they can cause lasting physical injuries that need attention and understanding.

Skin and tissue damage

One of the most immediate and visible consequences of a dog bite is skin and tissue damage. The force exerted by a dog’s jaws can result in puncture wounds, lacerations and abrasions.

These injuries may require stitches to promote proper healing and minimize scarring. In severe cases, surgical intervention could happen to repair extensive damage to the skin and underlying tissues.

Nerve damage

Dog bites can also cause nerve damage, leading to pain, numbness or weakness in the affected area. Nerves may be directly injured by the bite or indirectly affected by trauma to surrounding tissues.

Depending on the extent of nerve damage, individuals could experience temporary or permanent impairment of sensation and motor function. Rehabilitation therapy helps to improve nerve function and can lead to better recovery.

Scarring and disfigurement

Dog bites often leave lasting marks in the form of scars and disfigurement. Scar tissue may change the appearance and texture of the skin. This can impact an individual’s self-esteem and psychological well-being. Cosmetic procedures such as scar revision surgery may help to minimize the aesthetic impact of severe scarring caused by dog bites.

Dog owners should strive to prevent dog bites and minimize any negative impact their pets have on communities. Those facing dog bites may want to seek fair compensation.