Unforeseen Dangers Of Dog Bite Injuries In FloridaTampa Bay Legal News
One may think that a simple dog bite is just a puncture wound that needs to close. Indeed, a bite will often lead to a puncture that will take time to heal, but the pain that a victim can endure is often much more complex. Many times, one will not feel the full effects from the bite until well after the incident occurs. Not only can puncture wounds, scrapes, and cuts occur, but bites can also cause:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damages
- Intense bleeding
- Emotional distress
Any type of bite must be thoroughly cleaned to avoid possible infection. It is also advisable to see a doctor after a bite to have the wound examined for any unforeseen damages. When one has been bitten by a pet, it is the owner who holds responsibility for the damages. After medical treatment, speaking to a knowledgeable Tampa dog bite attorney helps determine if you have a case to recoup the costs associated with your damages and medical bills from the bite.
Dog attacks can often be traumatic and they can have long-lasting effects after the incident has occurred.
The skin is full of nerves, and when it is torn and damaged, so are the complex of nerves that are held within. The resulting nerve damage can lead to symptoms such as chronic pain, extreme pressure, feelings of heat, and vibration sensations. There may even be numbness in the bite wound as well as the surrounding areas. The loss of feeling is dangerous for daily life because of the delayed or completely demolished pain sensation. It is also a very off-putting feeling.
Infections from bites are the main issue because the dog’s saliva carries harmful bacteria. This dangerous bacteria can be transferred into the open wound and into the bloodstream, which, if not properly treated, could have devastating effects.
After an attack where the skin is torn, the muscle may also be torn if the wound is particularly deep. Depending on the location of the bite, one’s appearance may be altered quite a bit. A bite to the face can lead to disfigurement through broken bones, scar tissue, and discoloration after the healing process. Additional surgery to help correct the disfigurement may be necessary, but in some cases, even surgery may not help bring one’s appearance back to where it was before the attack occurred.
Domesticated dogs generally do not have high risks of being rabid the way that wild animals do, but it can still happen. When pet owners are negligent in the medical upkeep and welfare of their animals, a rabies shot could have been missed.
An attack by an animal can put fear and anxiety into individuals that they did not previously experience. Especially for young children, who are the most at-risk group for bites, the emotional scarring that can occur after such an event can affect their psychological stability for the rest of their lives. This may be especially so when it comes to animals.
Florida Dog Bite Attorneys
Dog bites come with medical challenges, as well as monetary and emotional costs that shouldn’t be underestimated. Victims of dog bites will have their best chance of receiving compensation from their damages by contacting our Tampa personal injury lawyers at Fulgencio Law. Our firm team will fight to ensure you see your full legal justice under the law.
Call our Florida dog bite attorneys at Fulgencio Law to discuss your experience today at (813) 463-0123.