Although leash laws are common in many public spaces, dog bites still happen if the laws aren't enforced and dog owners act irresponsibly. Seasoned dog bite lawyers know that being bitten by a dog can be a dangerous experience that leaves victims with painful injuries, serious infections, and lasting emotional trauma. Here's a closer look at these potential complications after a dog bite incident.

Physical Injuries and Scarring A dog sitting outside showing its teeth

Minor dog bites may not break the skin, but more serious attacks can cause bleeding, puncture wounds, bruises, and even broken bones. In addition to the immediate pain and discomfort of the wound, more substantial dog bite injuries can also lead to chronic pain, mobility problems, permanent scarring, and disfigurement. Regardless of the severity, injuries from dog bites should always be sterilized immediately and evaluated by a medical professional to minimize the risk of infection and other serious complications.

Dangerous Infections

The mouths and teeth of dogs are breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses that can wreak havoc on the body if a bite goes untreated. Strep infections, MSRP bacteria, E. coli, and Pasteurella bacteria can all be transferred to the human body through a dog bite. These microorganisms can cause serious, sometimes fatal, complications, especially for children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. Dog bites also carry the risk of transmitting rabies. During treatment, most dog bite victims receive a rabies vaccination as a precaution.

Lasting Emotional Trauma

Being attacked can have a lasting impact on the victim's mental health, as well as their attitude toward dogs and other animals. Severe injuries can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety issues that persist for years after the physical wounds have healed. Children who are bitten by dogs may be especially vulnerable to emotional disturbances, so mental health treatment should be considered following a violent attack.

If you've been hurt by an animal that wasn't properly restrained or vaccinated, you can file a lawsuit to help you recover the cost of any medical bills, missed work, and emotional trauma. At Ben Brown Law Group, we represent clients in New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana who have been injured by dog bites, auto accidents, and trucking and commercial accidents. Ben Brown is a knowledgeable dog bite lawyer who can help you navigate the legal system. To request a free consultation, call our office at (504) 564-7677 or contact us online.