Many people simply love their canine companions. In fact, around half the household in the U.S. has a dog as part of the family. Even many of those who can’t keep a dog permanently have a soft spot for them.
While most dogs are friendly and do not pose a serious threat, there are some exceptions. Sometimes, dog attacks can lead to scratches, cuts, bruises and shock. While these symptoms are bad enough, there are also occasions where a dog attack might be life-altering.
Dogs can generate exceptional power in their jaws, particularly larger breeds. As a result, if a dog gets a hold of certain parts of the body, crushing injuries may result. This means that a limb could be fractured, which can take a long time to recover from. In some cases, nerve damage may occur, which means that recovery will be extended and full recovery might not be possible. Crushing injuries are especially dangerous in younger infants and elderly adults, who are both frailer in their makeup.
Facial tissue tends to scar easily when lacerated. While a bite on the leg or arm can be fairly easily hidden this is not so easy with a facial injury. A scar from a dog attack may cause you to feel ashamed and embarrassed in public. There are some advanced medical techniques that can significantly reduce the extent of your scarring, but these are expensive and can require multiple surgeries and lengthy treatments.
Dog attacks are serious and can be potentially fatal. If you have been bitten, it is important to take note of your legal options in terms of seeking compensation for your damages and recovery.