If you or a loved one are bitten by a dog, it is important to quickly seek medical treatment after the dog bite. Often, dog bite victims fail to seek medical care because they think the bite doesn’t appear severe enough. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Dog bite injuries can cause damage under the skin. There are risks involved in not getting proper medical attention. A dog bite, even appearing like a superficial gash or scratch, often can cause more damage than the victim thought. Sometimes, small puncture wounds or scratches can lead to infections if untreated by a medical professional.
For example, a dog bite on the hand typically causes a crushing-type wound because of the dog’s rounded teeth and strong jaws. These type of injuries pose a higher risk developing an infection. If an infection develops, it may be difficult for the body to fight it without proper care. Additionally, these types of injuries should be watched for signs of damage to the nerves or tendons.
A medical doctor, will also address the issue of weather the dog’s rabies vaccines were up to date. If a victim of a dog bite chooses not to get medical attention. The immunization status of the dog still must be established.
If you or your child has suffered a dog bite injury, even if it appears to be a superficial scratch, should seek medical attention immediately then contact one of our Sacramento dog bite injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith to answer any question you might have and protect your rights. We offer free consultations. We can be reached in Sacramento at (916) 921-6400 or if your out of the area please call us toll free at 1(800) 404-5400, www.autoaccident.com for more information about our office and reviews can be found on Yelp and Avvo.