Dog ownership is often a positive and rewarding experience. America loves its four-legged friends, but it isn't all fun and games. Dogs bite over 4 million people every year in this country. Many of those bitten are children, who are naive about approaching and interacting with strange animals. If you have suffered a dog bite, contact a Denver attorney to discuss your case, and make sure you properly treat your bite wounds to prevent any further medical complications.
A dog bite can have many serious consequences, including permanent scarring, disfigurement, nerve damage, increased risk of infection, or transmission of certain diseases. If you've been bitten by a dog, it's important to take the necessary steps to mitigate the damages. If you are bitten by any dog, it's important to contact a physician. Especially however, when the dog is a stranger to you. You cannot guarantee that strange animals have received rabies vaccinations, and you could be at risk for infection. Rabies is deadly after the onset of symptoms, so it's important to take prophylactic measures if there is any risk of exposure. Watch out for signs of infection like redness and swelling, and see a doctor as soon as they present. You may need to be on antibiotics to kill the infection and prevent its spread. If you've suffered a mild injury from a dog who you know, you may be able to treat it at home. Stop any bleeding and keep the area elevated and clean. Apply a sterile bandage to decrease the risk of infection, and make sure you contact a doctor if you notice the wound is not healing appropriately. Contact animal control to report a dog bite from a strange animal.
Do your best to avoid being bitten by a dog by recognizing the signs of potential danger. Never approach or try to pet an animal who seems distressed or anxious.Signs of possible danger may include rising hackles, growling, baring teeth, snapping, and rigid posture. If you are face to face with a dangerous dog, stay calm and confident. Back away slowly. Turning to run may activate the animals prey drive, and help to incite a more serious attack.
If you've been the victim of a serious dog bite, it's important to contact an attorney with the relevant experience to achieve the best outcome for your case. The law firm of Jeremy Rosenthal has 12 years of experience specializing in dog bite litigation, and is ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 303-825-2223 to schedule your initial consultation.