Louisiana is a state that loves dogs. Whether it’s hunting dogs or lap dogs, you see them everywhere all year long. Unfortunately, most people only think about dog bites and the law after they’ve been bitten.
Who gets bitten by dogs?
Like most accidents, dog bites can happen to anyone. The elderly and children are particularly vulnerable to attacks from dogs because of their slower reaction time and frailty. Certain types of workers like mailmen or delivery drivers spend most of their time traveling to people’s homes and have higher risk for being bitten. According to the CDC, unintentional dog bites accounted for 349,734 injuries in the U.S. in 2014, and was placed 15th in overall causes of injuries.
What type of injuries can dogs cause?
Despite their long history of friendly relations with humans, dogs are descended from predatory animals. The teeth of predators are adapted to tearing, crushing, and lacerating tissues and bones. Even tiny toy dogs are capable of giving you a nasty gash. Large dogs or groups of dogs can maul a person to death, but this is rare.
Severe bites can damage blood vessels and lead to blood loss and shock. Aside from physical injuries, the most concerning thing about dog bites is risk of infection. In the decades before widespread vaccination, dogs often carried rabies. Because of widespread vaccination efforts in the Unites States the incidence of rabies among dogs in the U.S. is extremely low. Animal mouths contain bacteria that can cause secondary infections in wounds. Tetanus is also a hazard associated with animal bites.
The most grievous injuries often happen to the elderly or small children. Children in particular are at risk for serious bites to the face or disfigurement as they are level with dogs and do not have the advantage of adult height and weight to protect themselves.
What should I do if I’m attacked by a dog?
An unexpected dog bite can cause serious injuries. Have you or a loved one experienced nerve damage, disfigurement, or psychological trauma from being bitten by a dog? These types of medical bills are very expensive and time consuming.
The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can help you in your time of need. We have the skill and experience necessary to represent you. Call 337-214-8479 to schedule an appointment.