Dog bites can cause significant injuries including fractures. Common places that a dog will attack is to the leg, face, hand or neck. Because a child’s head is close to the level of a larger sized dog, the head and neck are the most common place for a dog bite to occur. The hands, arms and legs are typical places a dog bite occurs in older children and adults.
The forces of a dog’s jaw and teeth are so strong that it can often crush bones in these places. Fractures tend to be one of the most severe type of dog bite injuries because a victim often has puncture wounds from the dogs teeth that can become infected on the skin and in the broken bone.
Breaking a bone during a dog attack will result in severe pain. Swelling typically occurs immediately around the injured area.
Commonly, a closed fracture is treated with a split or a cast. After a few weeks, the doctor may recommend starting some gentle exercises to prevent the area from becoming stiff and difficult to move.
After the wounds are cleansed thoroughly, antibiotics will be given and the fractured bone will be splinted temporarily. If surgery is needed to repair the fracture, antibiotics will be given to help decease the chance of infection.
If surgery is not needed, a more permanent splint will be placed. These types of fractures will need to be followed closely with frequent checking of the skin wounds for signs of infection
The fingers, forearm and wrist are also common places for dog bites causing significant injuries. These areas are more likely to be injured due to the victims attempt to fend an attacking dog off him or her. As a result, laceration, broken bones and puncture wounds are common in these areas.
A broken bone is not a minor injury and medical treatment may result in significant financial hardship. A dog bite victim in California is entitled to receive compensation for it’s injuries and damages. If you or a loved one have suffered from a dog bite injury, contact our experienced Sacramento dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith, www.autoaccident.com, for a free legal case evaluation. Please call (916) 921-6400 or if your out of the area in California call our toll free number 1-(800) 404-5400. Reviews of our office can be found on Yelp and Avvo.