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Treating an Animal Bite – What You Should Know

Animal BiteAround 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for dog bites each day, and some 9,500 people are hospitalized for their injuries each year. There are also many other injuries that are never treated, either because they are minor, or because the person did not feel that treatment was necessary. Sadly, the latter can sometimes learn that their assumption was a mistake, and they may experience more severe injuries because of a delay in treatment. How can you ensure that you or a loved one do not become a part of this group? The following explains.

Treatment of Non-Emergent Dog Bites

Despite common misconception, there are very few dog bites that should be considered “non-emergent.” In fact, most bite injuries should be seen by a healthcare professional, if for no other reason than to ensure they are properly cleaned to reduce the risk of infection. Bites that are caused by a dog unknown to the victim should always be seen by a healthcare professional. Also, any bites caused by a dog that has not been properly immunized (or may not have been) should be seen by a doctor, as these injuries could result in serious complications for the victim.

Immediately After the Bite

Superficial dog bites that are caused by a dog that is not your own can be cleaned thoroughly at home but should then be examined by a healthcare professional. Doing so creates documentation, should you need to file a dog bite injury case, and it ensures you receive proper testing to check for rabies or other illnesses that the dog may have had. If the bite is caused by your dog or a dog that you do not know, and it has broken the skin, you should attempt to stop the bleeding, thoroughly rinse it, and then immediately go to the emergency room where the wound can be properly cleaned. If the bite is severe, you should apply pressure to the wound and then call the paramedics. Do not attempt to clean the wound on your own.

Pursuing Compensation for Your Dog Bite Injury

If you or someone you love has experienced a dog bite injury, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard LLP for assistance. Compassionate and experienced, our San Jose dog bite injury lawyers will work hard to ensure you get the most compensation possible for your case. We protect your rights and, in every situation, protect your best interests. Schedule your free consultation by calling (408) 289-1417 today.

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