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What types of injuries are suffered in a dog attack?

Owning a dog is very common in California and other state across the nation. A dog is considered a companion pet, often treated like a member of the family. Despite the notion that dogs are domesticated, friendly and obedient, the fact of the matter is that dogs are still animals with animal instincts. Even a dog owner who has raised his or her dog since it was a pup may not fully understand the tendencies of their adult dog. Therefore, even if a dog has been shown any aggression before, a dog could suddenly lash out, causing injuries to strangers or visitors.

According to current data on dog bites, roughly 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the U.S. Dog bites account for 90 percent of all animal bites occurring in the United States; however, it is believed that this umber is much higher because dog bites are not always reported or even treated. Because dogs have a powerful jaw and many teeth to grab the surface of a person's body, a dog attack could result in significant injuries.

What types of injuries are suffered in a dog attack? Common injuries include damage to the structures beneath the skin. In other words, the skin does not need to break on a dog bite victim to cause injuries. Frequently, dog bite victims suffer injuries to the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels. Additionally, victims are prone to infections, such as tetanus and rabies, and they are likely to require skin repair treatments.

Around 25,000 dog bite victims require reconstructive surgery every year as a result of a dog attack. Additionally, data from 2013 found that 31 victims died from injuries related to a dog attack. When individuals are harmed in a dog attack, the treatment process is to look for skin damages, whether there are any injuries to the underlying tissues, such as muscles, nerves and bones and to test for any infections. If an injury is severe enough, treatment alone will not suffice, meaning surgery will be required.

Victims of a dog attack suffer more than physical injuries. It is likely a victim will endure mental and emotional damages as well. Because of this, victims should understand how they could get the care they need and recover the compensation owed to them. A personal injury claim could help a dog bite victim obtain compensation for their losses and damages.

Source:, "Dog Bite Treatment," Benjamin Wedro, accessed Oct. 1, 2017

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