Imagine you spot a cute dog and go over to pet them, but they bite you and cause severe injuries. A dog bite is often unexpected but can result in deadly infections. Seek medical care if you have been the victim of such an accident.
When a person buys a dog, the owner has to make sure their pet does not cause harm to anyone. If a dog bite wound has affected your life, skilled Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein lawyers may help you seek the compensation you deserve.
How to treat a dog bite wound?
When a dog bites you, make sure to move away from them as soon as possible. Dogs often bite when they feel that their territory is threatened. Therefore, if the dog’s owner is around, ask them to secure the dog and take them away from the victim.
Make sure you arrive at a safe place and then continue with first aid. If the bite did not break your skin, take some warm water and soap and wash their area properly. Afterward, soak the water with a towel and apply an antibacterial lotion as a precaution.
If your skin is broken, wash the area with soap and water. Gently push the wound to promote slight bleeding to remove any germs that may have transferred from the dog’s mouth. Remember, broken skin does not equal bleeding.
If your wound is bleeding, use a clean towel to press down on the wound and stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding has stopped or is in control, use soap and water to wash the area. Do not worry if soap gets inside the womb. Make sure you clean the wound and rinse it later with water to avoid irritation from soap.
After cleaning the wound, you will need to cover it properly. Use a clean cloth or a medical dressing to cover the bite. You can also put an antibacterial lotion or ointment before the dressing, but it is not necessary.
When to seek help for a dog bite?
While most dog bites are harmless and can be treated at home without medical assistance, some require treatment. Around 1 in 5 dog bites can be dangerous for human health. Here are the warning signs you may need to see a doctor after a dog bite.
- The dog’s vaccination history is not known
- The dog is sick or acting erratically
- Causes intense pain
- The bleeding does not stop
- Bones, tendons, and muscles are exposed
- Leaking pus or fluid
- Loss of function in the affected area
- Red, swollen, inflamed wound
- You have fever
A dog bite wound can cause severe damages and impact your life. Healthcare is costly, and you should not have to pay for someone else’s fault. If you were bitten by someone’s dog, you deserve compensation. Contact an attorney today.