Someone who sustains an animal bite can be forever scarred, both physically and mentally. Animal bites are not only painful, but they can cause a number of problems with your physical health. Although it is best to avoid unfamiliar and wild animals, you cannot always predict when an animal will turn on you and attack.
If you are bitten by an animal – especially a wild one – you should get a doctor to check your wound as soon as possible. Sometimes, you may not properly clean out your wound, which can result in an infection. Signs of infection include redness, swelling, pain, fever, and pus in the laceration. Also, teeth, debris, and clothing can get lodged in the wound, which can prevent proper healing.
Types of Damage Caused by Animal Bites
Sometimes, the mechanisms of an animal’s bite can include severe or permanent damage such as bone chipping or fracturing, loss of nerve function, and excessive bleeding. If you are bitten in a major blood vessel, it is possible to bleed to death. If you suspect any of these problems, you should seek medical attention immediately.
In addition to these health concerns, there are two diseases that are transferred from animals’ saliva to humans. First, and most commonly, is the rabies virus. While many pets get vaccinated for this, wild animals are especially prone to carrying and transferring the disease. Rabies can be deadly in humans if left untreated.
Secondly, cats can carry the bacteria that cause cat scratch disease. Thankfully, this is usually mild, and generally manifests itself as swollen, tender lymph nodes and occasionally a fever. However, sometimes you can develop brain problems and even have seizures, although this is a rare symptom.
If someone fails to control his or her pets, it can result in an animal bite to you or someone you love. This can cause permanent injury, scarring, disease, and even death. If you or someone you know has suffered from an animal bite, you may be entitled to financial compensation to aid in recovery.
For more information regarding animal bites and personal injury law, contact the Wisconsin personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.