Dog Bites Can Cause Serious Complications

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Dogs are everyone’s best friends, but dog bites are something else entirely. The fact is that even a relatively minor dog bite can lead to severe injuries and grave health complications. If someone else’s dog bites and injures you, reach out to an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer today. 

California Law

In the State of California, dog owners face strict liability for any injuries caused by their dogs, which is a more cautious approach than many other states employ. This fact means that a dog’s owner can be found at-fault even if the dog has never demonstrated any violent or aggressive traits in the past. While this applies to nearly every dog bite claim, there are exceptions to the rule, including:

  •  Suppose the injured party was taunting, teasing, or harming the dog before the attack took place. In that case, the dog owner’s liability might be mitigated. 
  • If the injured party was trespassing on the dog owner’s property when the attack happened, the dog owner is unlikely to be found liable. 

Health Complications

Dog bites can cause serious injuries that include dangerous wounds and even broken bones. Further, the torn and ripped skin can lead to serious scarring, which can lead to permanent disfigurement when on or near the face. Dog bites also leave victims extremely vulnerable to infections, which can be life-threatening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) share the following signs and symptoms that are closely associated with such infections:

  • Blisters that arise around the site of the wound (usually within hours of the dog bite)
  • Wound sites that drain pus or that become red, swollen, or painful
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain or diarrhea
  • Headache or confusion
  • Painful joints or muscles
  • Vomiting

While such infections typically show up within 3 to 5 days of the dog bite in question, they can take anywhere from 1 to 14 days to make themselves known. The infections associated with dog bites can lead to serious health complications that can lead to kidney failure, heart attack, and gangrene. When the infection is especially virulent, it can result in sepsis, quickly becoming life-threatening. If you have suffered a dog bite – even if you don’t think it’s incredibly serious and you don’t feel ill – it’s in your best interest to seek medical attention to help prevent dangerous health complications from arising. 

Seek the Professional Legal Counsel of an Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney

Dog bite claims are often complicated, but obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled is a necessary component of reaching your fullest physical, financial, and emotional recovery. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Jahrmarkt & Associates – proudly serving the greater Los Angeles area – have considerable experience helping clients like you bring successful dog bite claims, and we’re here to help you. We are on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 310-226-7676 to schedule a free case evaluation today.