According to Disease Control Centers & Prevention (CDC) statistics about 4.5 million dog attacks and bites happen in the United States, every year. Some of these attacks cause deep injuries, which become infected. In many cases these traumatic experiences leave behind a trail of scars and lingering pain. If you and/or loved ones have been injured by an animal attack, here are a few necessary points to remember:
1) First you should seek immediate and appropriate medical attention. Your medical care is essential because not only it will be your first important step to recovery, but also a record of your injuries. Generally healthcare facilities document such injuries, which could be presented as evidence to prove the extent of your damages.
2) Your injury does not have to be a dog bite! Although most dog injuries happen as a result of dog bites, there are cases where people get injured without being bitten. For instance, an off-leash dog can knock you to the ground, causing severe physical injuries.
3) Take note, if you can, of the breed of dog that attacked you or a loved one. Some states have outlawed ownership of some dangerous breeds of dogs.
4) Animal attack Injuries are not necessarily the sole domain of dogs: other animals such as geese, ducks, horses, goats, donkeys, etc., could also cause serious injuries.
5) Once again, the most important step after an Animal Attack, specifically a Dog Bite is to seek medical help. That is because, in addition to pain of your immediate injuries, about 18% of dog bites become infected with over 60 different kinds of bacteria. All it takes a few harmful bacteria to make your life even more painful.
Here is a list of possible diseases you can get from a dog bite:
a) Rabies: This preventable and treatable serious disease results from a virus, which spreads through an infected animal's salvia and can affect the brain of a victim, which almost always leads to a painful death, if not treated timely.
b) Capnocytophaga: This is a bacterial disease, which is also caused by animal bites. This disease can cause overwhelming suffering if not treated right away. And it can be caused by a deep bite of a cat. However, it mainly affects people with weaker immune systems.
c) Pasteurella multocida: This bacterial disease typically exists as a commensal in the upper respiratory tracts of many livestock, poultry, and domestic pet species, especially cats and dogs. This infection in humans is often associated with an animal bite, scratch, or even a lick.
d) MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a type of Staph infection that is resistant to certain group of antibiotics. Dogs and other animals can carry MRSA without showing any symptoms, but the bacteria can cause skin, lung, and urinary tract infections in people. In some people, MRSA can spread to the bloodstream or lungs and cause life-threatening infections.
e) Tetanusis: This toxin is produced by a type of bacteria called Clostridium tetani. This toxin causes rigid paralysis in people and could be a problem in deep bite wounds.
Of course, the best way to deal with animal attacks is to prevent it all together; by not approaching animals, you do not know well, despite their cuddly and cute appearances. However, accidents do happen and most often because of the owners or handlers' negligence and/or the animals' propensity to attack. In such cases, make sure you consult with a Highly Competent, Diligent and Committed Animal Attack Injury Lawyer, who has a verifiable track record of success dealing with such cases. Please contact www.ChosenLawyers.com for a FREE Consultation and Case Evaluation, right away.