When you think of the injuries that commonly result from a dog bite, you likely first think of lacerations, bruises, punctures wounds, and more. If a dog bite ever breaks through the skin at all, it is imperative to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you are not in that much pain. While the traumatic injuries can be serious enough on their own, any open injury from a dog bite also runs the risk of becoming infected.
A dog’s mouth is full of bacteria and, when the teeth break the skin, these bacteria can wind up deep inside the wound. In cases where the bite leaves a particularly deep or complicated wound, it can be extremely difficult to thoroughly clean it. In some cases, the top layer of skin may appear to heal but there may still be bacteria trapped inside the wound. As a result, dog bites have a significant potential to cause serious infections.
While the scars and emotional trauma of a dog attack are no doubt very serious, any resulting infections can cause extensive complications for a dog bite victim. A victim may also not realize that an infection has started until it has become severe. As a result, many dog bite victims who develop infections end up ill for a significant period of time and may even need to be hospitalized.
If you or your child sustain a dog bite that breaks the skin, you should always seek medical treatment even if the wound seems relatively minor. A medical professional will know how to properly clean the wound to avoid infection whenever possible. In addition, you should always be watching for the signs and symptoms of infections, including:
- Swelling or redness at the site of the wound
- Pus oozing from the wound
- Numbness or tingling
- Stiffness of weakness in the muscles
- Difficulty breathing
If a dog bite infection is not treated in a timely manner, it can even develop into a life-threatening situation.
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If you have developed an infection from a dog bite or simply have been bitten by a dog other than your own, you should call an attorney immediately. New Jersey Dog Bite lawyer David Kaplan is committed to representing the rights of injured victims provides aggressive representation to each client he represents. To schedule a free consultation with David H. Kaplan Attorney at Law, call our office today.