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Handling a Dog Bite Injury

Dogs can be man’s best friend, until they aren’t. While they can be caring and loving pets, dogs are still animals and can still cause dangerous bites. Every year, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs, half of them young children between the ages of 5 and 9. The American Center for Disease Control reports that one out of five dog bites require serious medical attention. Additionally, one in five dog bites eventually becomes infected. If you or someone you know is bitten by a dog, seek a medical attention to minimize the damage and prevent infection. Oftentimes, infection can be dangerous than the bite itself.

 

LONE STAR BITES

Texas is the worst of the fifty states for dog bites. Between 2005 and 2013, 34 Texans died because of dog bites, the most in the country for that period. The most likely dog breed to bite were pit bulls and rottweilers. Texas is one of 15 states that has a “one-bite rule” regarding dog mauling. This means the owner of a dog is protected from civil liability during the dog’s first attack. However, this is not a hard and fast rule. There are several exceptions to the one-bite rule, including the following:

  • The owner knew the dog could be protective and violent in certain situations
  • The dog was let off the leash in an area where it should have been leashed
  • The dog was left alone with young kids

 

RECOVERING FROM A DOG BITE

Even in the case of a minor dog bite, it is important to always see a doctor after a bite. This is especially true if you are bitten by an unfamiliar dog, the bite is deep, you are unable to stop bleeding, or if there are any signs of infection (redness, swelling, warmth, pus). Dog bites often cause infections that can only be treated with antibiotics. Dog bite victims with diabetes, liver disease, or other health conditions are usually susceptible to severe infection.

Immediately after a bite, you should put a warm compress over the injury to stop any bleeding. Keep the injured part of the body elevated and wash the affected area gently with soap and water. Once the wound is clean, apply a sterile bandage. Antibiotic ointment should be put on the injury daily to prevent infection. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

 

LEARN MORE FROM A DOG BITE LAWYER

After any attack, take photos of any injuries and the scene of the attack, get the contact information of the owner and any witnesses, and report the attack to your local animal control office as well as the police. In many cases, the dog bite victim is entitled to compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering. Roxell Richards and Associates offer free consultations for dog bite victims. During a consultation, you can learn more about Texas dog bite law, your case’s value, and  how you can move forward with your case.
If you or someone you know involved in a dog bite situation and would like me to review, please call 1-855-GOT-INJURED or click here to complete the form for your case review.

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