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Types Of Dog Bite Injuries

Every year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 4.5 million Americans sustain dog bites. Of these, 900,000 victims sustain injuries serious enough to require medical attention. In fact, due to the viscous nature of these attacks, 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery in 2012 to repair damaged sustained from their bites. Unfortunately, many incidents involve children being bitten by pit bulls and rottweilers, which account for almost 70% of all fatal dog attacks. While overall there are few fatalities with dog bites, a variety of injuries do occur. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite due to the negligence of the dog’s owner, here is additional information on common dog bite injuries, and how a Los Angeles dog bite attorney can assist you with filing a lawsuit.

Puncture and Tearing Wounds
When a dog bites, its fangs puncture and tear the flesh of the person in its grasp. The most common injuries associated with dog bites, puncture and tearing wounds require immediate medical attention, since they can lead to infections and other serious medical problems. In addition, tearing wounds often result in damage that requires reconstructive surgery, as do the many deep scratches often sustained due to the dog’s teeth or clawing from paws. If you or a family member have sustained serious injuries such as these, contact David Grey of the Grey Law Firm, a dog bite lawyer Los Angeles residents can trust to help them obtain maximum compensation for their injuries.

Scars
Unfortunately when a dog attack occurs, the areas of a person most often affected are areas of the face such as nose, lips, and cheeks. In fact, hospitals in the United States treat an average of 44,000 dog bite facial injuries each year. But whether the dog bites occur on a person’s face or other areas of their body, the result is often injuries that leave disfiguring scars that require multiple reconstructive surgeries. No matter whether the victim is an adult or child, these attacks and the subsequent disfigurement can be extremely traumatic, leading to a variety of physical and emotional difficulties. Since treating these injuries will be very expensive, contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to discuss your options for filing a lawsuit against those responsible for the injuries.

Psychological and Emotional Injuries
While many people focus only on the physical injuries sustained due to dog bites, the emotional and psychological injuries associated with these injuries can be just as, and if not, more devastating. For many victims, post-traumatic stress disorder, known better as PTSD, is a result of these attacks. Problems victims experience from PTSD include trouble sleeping, flashbacks about the attack, nightmares, constant fear for their safety, emotional withdrawal, and problems concentrating. As a result, victims in these instances may require years of intense counseling, which can be extremely expensive and disruptive to one’s life. Because of this, victims should consult with a dog bite injury attorney Los Angeles residents know has a track record of success in these cases, such as David Grey of the Grey Law Firm.

Rabies
Rabies is a serious disease affecting the brain and nervous system and can be fatal if not treated in time. Transmitted through the saliva of the animal during the bite, victims of these attacks should seek medical attention immediately on the assumption the dog may have had rabies. When an attack occurs, it is best if the dog can be identified and caught by authorities, since this will allow them to test the dog for rabies. However, if this is not possible, dog bite victims will be required to undergo a series of six shots over a 28-day period. If treatment is not started quickly after the bite, death may occur. Therefore, if you or a family member have been forced to undergo rabies shots, or if a family member has died of rabies resulting for a dog bite attack, contact a Los Angeles dog bite attorney to discuss the details of filing a lawsuit.

Head and Brain Injuries
If a dog bites a victim’s head, it can lead to serious injuries. In addition, many victims of these attacks fall during the attack, hitting their head on grass, pavement, or hard objects. When this happens, skull fractures or traumatic brain injuries can result, sometimes leading to permanent disability. When this occurs, always consult a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to learn how they can help in filing a lawsuit to obtain compensation for these injuries.

Broken Bones
When being attacked by a dog, it is only natural for victims to attempt to run away. But when they do, they often fall and sustain broken bones, making a bad situation even worse. In addition, since many larger dogs have very strong jaws, their bites can crush bones, even when victims are wearing multiple layers of clothing. Since these injuries will usually require surgery and physical therapy, always reach out to a dog bite injury attorney Los Angeles dog attack victims trust to help them, such as the Grey Law Firm’s David Grey.

Death
Sadly, many victims of dog bite attacks die from their injuries, especially when the victims are young children. According to statistics from the CDC, from 2005-2012, 251 dog bite victims died from their injuries. When this occurs, the surviving family members are left wondering what to do next when it comes to finances, child care, housing, and other concerns. To make sure the survivors receive the financial compensation they deserve, it is best to work with David Grey of the Grey Law Firm. A dog bite lawyer Los Angeles clients know can get the results they need, David will fight hard to seek maximum compensation for a victim’s family members.

Rather than let a dog owner get away with letting their dog potentially ruin your life or a loved one’s life, let Los Angeles personal injury lawyer David Grey of the Grey Law Firm put his expertise to work for you.

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