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Complications From Dog Bites

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Dog bite attacks can be brutal, unexpected, and happen far more often than most people realize. However, in addition to the initial damage caused by the bite, many victims of these attacks also suffer complications afterwards. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite attack, it is critical that you have an experienced and compassionate Florida personal injury attorney by your side that is advocating for the compensation you deserve for the full scope of your injuries. At Earnhart Law, our team is standing by to provide you with a free evaluation of your injury case.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bite attacks often result in serious injuries for victims. Depending on the size and bite strength of the animal in addition to the size and age of the victim, the initial injuries inflicted by a dog bite attack can cause permanent damage, or worse. Some of the most common injuries include lacerations, puncture wounds, broken bones, blood loss, and internal injuries. These injuries often require emergency room treatment and involve lengthy recovery times. However, these are not the only injuries that can occur with a dog bite attack.

Complications to Dog Bites

In addition to the initial injuries caused by a dog bite attack, victims often suffer additional complications. These complications can occur days or weeks after the initial attack and can include the following:

  • Infection,
  • Nerve damage,
  • Muscle damage,
  • Tetanus,
  • Rabies,
  • Scarring, and
  • Death.

One of the most common bacterial infections from a dog bite comes from Capnocytophaga, and this type of infection can result in blisters around the bite wound, redness, swelling, pain, fever, diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, headache, confusion, and muscle or joint pain. In many cases, the complications that stem from dog bite attacks require additional medical treatment, medication, hospitalization, and rehabilitation that all deserves to be compensated after being victimized in a dog bite attack.

Compensation for Dog Bite Attacks

Victims of dog bite attacks can be compensated for their economic and noneconomic damages in Florida. Economic damages include all out of pocket expenses for the initial injuries and any complications, such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and the loss of future income and benefits. Noneconomic damages compensate the victims of dog bite attacks for their pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life caused by all injuries inflicted by the attack.

Many victims of these incidents are young children and the elderly, and sadly they also suffer the highest mortality rates from dog bite attacks. In fatal incidents, the family of the victim can seek compensation for any final medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering of the victim, and for the loss of the love, guidance, support, and companionship of the deceased.

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If you or someone that you know has been injured in a dog bite attack, the experienced Delray Beach personal injury lawyers at Earnhart Law are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your case.

Resource:

cdc.gov/capnocytophaga/signs-symptoms/index.html

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