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Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Posted on in Personal Injury

California injury lawyer, California accident attorneyWhen it comes to dog bite injuries, many people first think of broken skin, cuts and bleeding. These are common injuries, but dog bites can cause other complications that are painful and require extensive treatment.

If you have been bitten by a dog, you should hold the owner responsible and speak to an attorney right away. Under California law, you should not have to suffer without compensation.

Injuries Dogs Can Inflict

  • Minor Wounds. Broken skin is probably the most common result of a dog bite. With minor wounds, a dog bite victim likely only needs to be seen by a doctor once and can treat the area with bandages and ointment until the wound heals. Unless there is scarring, it is likely that an attorney does not need to be involved.
  • Deep Wounds. These bites go deeper than the surface of the skin. They may be puncture wounds or, in the case of more than one bite, may affect larger swaths of the body. These bites often require more intense medical treatment, including surgery. Scarring is a major risk.
  • Infections. About 15 to 20 percent of dog bite wounds will be infected. Some dogs carry diseases that are communicated via bite. Other times the wound will become infected as a result of exposure to the world. In either scenario, strong antibiotics and doctor monitoring will be required.
  • Scarring and disfigurement. These are injuries that never go away and can greatly affect a dog bite victim. Any permanent scarring is usually considered a separate injury under the law.
  • Emotional injuries. Dog bites have been known to leave victims depressed and anxious. Some victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder.

California Law on Dog Bites

California law is clear: If the bite victim was lawfully in the place where the bite occurred and if the injuries complained of are from the bite, the victim should be compensated.

A dog owner may be able to argue that the victim provoked the bite, however, the owner cannot argue that he did not know that the dog was dangerous or that he took steps to keep the dog from biting.

Contact a San Jose, CA Dog Bite Attorney

By retaining a lawyer who has experience in dog bite cases, you can be sure that every injury is addressed. Dog bites can present complex medical issues, however, they also may cause a tremendous amount of pain and suffering, time off work and interference in your relationships.

These are also damages that should not go uncompensated. Call the skilled San Jose dog bite lawyers at the Jachimowicz Law Group at 408-246-5500 to arrange your first meeting.

 

Sources:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=CIV&sectionNum=3342

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-different-types-of-dog-bite-injuries.htm

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0415/p1567.html

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