Dogs of all sizes, from German Shepherds to Chihuahuas, have the potential to attack and cause injuries. It may be tempting to simply ignore bites by small dogs - they often do not seem as serious as bites by larger dogs. Yet, all dog bites have the potential to cause serious infections and other problems. If you were injured by a dog, consider calling an attorney after you seek medical treatment. Even if the bite does not seem serious right away, it is best to speak to an attorney, as this can help your claim should you later decide to pursue compensation.
The biggest risk from any animal bite, including small dogs is usually infection. When it comes to infection risk, it makes little difference whether you were bitten by a Pit Bull or a Poodle. All types of dogs - and cats, for that matter - carry bacteria in their mouths. Dogs pick up potentially dangerous bacteria from everything they lick or pick up with their mouths.
When a dog bites a human, some of that bacteria is injected into the person’s body. This commonly results in localized infections around the bite area. The greatest danger comes if that infection becomes severe or spreads. People have had to be hospitalized for widespread infections that result from seemingly insignificant small animal bites.
Small dog bites to the hands can cause tissue damage that sometimes requires surgery to repair. In severe cases, permanent loss of function can result. When a small dog bites a person’s face, permanent scarring may result. Some wounds may require stitching or gluing.
It is important to seek medical care if you were bitten by a small dog and notice signs of infection such as redness and warmth around the bite area, or if the bite wound may need to be stitched or you have trouble moving the body part that was bitten. These could all be signs that your injury is serious.
Some people may not initially want to seek medical attention or contact an attorney out of embarrassment at being injured by a small dog. However, it is important not to underestimate the damage a small dog can do. All dog bites can be dangerous, and you have the right to be compensated for your injuries whether they were caused by a lap dog or a guard dog.
If you were injured by a dog bite, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices LLC may be able to help you recover compensation. Always seek appropriate medical attention for an animal bite, then contact a Lombard Dog Bite Injury Attorney. Call 630-755-6426 for a free consultation.
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