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Dog Bite Injuries

When a dog attacks, the injuries can be severe and painful. Even a playful bite or a scratch can quickly become infected and can lead to septicemia, loss of extremity and even death. While these serious consequences are rare, when they do happen---the results can be devastating. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), 885,000 victims have dog bite injuries severe enough to require medical attention. In addition, in 2006 more than 31,000 people needed to have reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by a dog.

Dog bite wounds can range from simple scrapes and abrasions to more serious puncture wounds. While there are a variety of dog bite injuries, the most common are:

• Puncture wounds

• Lacerations, scrapes and abrasions

• Tissue or Muscle loss

• Fractured Bones

• Scars

• Infections

• Rabies

• Nerve Damage

• Death

Dog bites to the hands and face can be more complicated than bites or injuries to other parts of the body. Due to the delicate nature of the hands and face, a plastic surgeon may need to be consulted in order to reduce lifelong disabilities and scarring. Dog bites can become infected with staph and MRSA and lead to a variety of complications including cellulitis, septicemia, dis-figuration, amputation and, in extreme cases, even death.

Large dogs can unfortunately cause more serious injuries due to their size and weight. Their powerful jaws are capable of fracturing bones and removing large portions of muscle and tissue. In addition, a larger dog may produce deeper puncture wounds resulting in lifelong scarring.

In addition to physical injuries, dog bites can cause a variety of emotional injuries including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and a lifelong fear of dogs. Children are especially at risk for emotional trauma after a dog attack and may exhibit signs of depression, regression and aggression after the injury.

If you or someone you love has a dog bite injury, it is important to contact a dog bite attorney who has experience negotiating and litigating dog bite injuries. Compensation may be needed to help cover medical expenses, rehabilitation, therapy and lost wages. A dog owners may be liable for your injuries, especially if their dog had dangerous propensities or if your injuries are severe. A dog bite lawyer will be able to review your case and discuss all of your legal options with you.


This website is not meant to serve as legal advice of any kind and is only intended for informational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. As Personal Injury Law varies from state to state we recommend you seek legal advice from an attorney or law firm in your state. The information used on this website is copyrighted and used with permission by Dallas Norton, Esq. Denver's Personal Injury Attorney serving personal injury victims in Denver Metro Area and all of Colorado