The incident of people who were seriously injured after being bitten by a pet dog is not a few. It could lead to serious risks because many reported suffered serious head and facial injuries after being attacked by a dog. As a result, they had to undergo surgery in the hospital. It is not easy to win this type of case without the help of a dog bite lawyer. Dogs bite not only cause injury or pain but also make victims at risk of certain diseases and even death. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that one in five people who are bitten by dogs need medical treatment. And this medical treatment is not cheap. That is why if you are using the help of a lawyer you could sue the owner to compensate you with the medical bills.
You also need to be careful of dog bites because at least 18 percent of wounds caused by dog bites are infected with bacteria. This happens because there are more than 60 bacteria found in dogs’ mouths and saliva. These bacteria can cause dangerous diseases such as rabies. Rabies is a virus that affects the brain and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear. The most common rabies virus spreads through the bites and saliva of infected animals. Dogs that are not vaccinated against rabies are more at risk of contracting the virus. Someone who gets a bite from a dog infected with rabies should get medical help. Besides dog bites can also cause various other infections such as tetanus and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
Although it is known as a human best friend that does not mean that dogs cannot attack. The risk of being bitten by a dog is greater for someone who has a dog at home. Besides, children are more likely to be bitten by dogs and also more at risk of suffering more severe injuries than adults. That is why you should get a lawyer when you have been attacked.