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Dog bites could carry severe health repercussions

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2022 | Personal Injury |

It might not always be possible to tell how a dog might react when approaching a stranger. Even a dog that appears to be sociable in nature may be susceptible to exhibiting aggressive behaviors and should a dog bite a person, the ramifications of the situation could prove dire in nature. Individuals in California who suffer a dog bite might encounter a variety of health concerns, some of which could prompt severe or even permanent health complications.  

Types of injuries 

Studies indicate that one of the most prevalent examples of injuries one might suffer in a dog bite could pertain to puncture wounds. A dog bite could lead to deep puncture wounds that may bleed extensively and open wounds from a bite may carry additional health concerns such as the risks of infections. Such injuries could also increase the risk that one might develop severe health concerns such as rabies and meningitis. 

However, puncture wounds and infections might not be the only possible outcome, as severe dog bites could even lead to bone fractures. Dog bites to the face may also pose a significant threat to one’s well-being, as this could lead to ruptures to the face or even damage to the eyes. Examples of eye injuries that might stem from a dog bite could include corneal abrasions and orbital fractures, and such an incident could even lead to the loss of one’s eye. 

Outcome of a dog bite 

Individuals who suffer severe or permanent harm during a dog bite due to the negligent actions of a dog’s owner may be left with questions about their available options for legal recourse. Following the incident, a person in California could choose to speak with an attorney for guidance in evaluating the situation. An attorney can help a client understand all his or her rights and options and assist in preparing to seek the full amount of restitution entitled through a personal injury claim.