What happens if you get bitten by a dog?

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2024 | Animal bites |

Knowing how to protect your rights is essential if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a dog bite. A dog bite can be a shocking and painful experience and there’s more to worry about than just the immediate pain and shock.

Here are three potential outcomes that can occur if you are bitten by a dog and what to do if the bite is severe.

Risk of getting an infection

When a dog bites you, it’s not just the physical wound that’s a concern. The bite can introduce harmful bacteria into your body. The skin acts as a barrier against these microorganisms, but a dog bite can break this barrier and allow them to enter your body. The bacteria could be from the dog’s mouth or even from the surface of your skin. This can result in an infection in the skin and surrounding tissues, which can lead to serious illness once it spreads throughout your body.

Seeking medical attention immediately after a dog bite can help reduce the risk of infection and the potential spread of bacteria.

Physical damage and trauma

Dog bites can cause serious damage to your skin, muscles and other body parts due to their size. A bite may not only leave a painful wound but could also result in long-term physical trauma. If not careful, untreated wounds can worsen over time.

So, it’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention following a dog bite to ensure proper treatment and minimize the risk of long-term damage.

Psychological impact

A dog bite can also have psychological implications. The experience can be traumatic and might lead to fear or anxiety around dogs or other animals. Recognizing these feelings and considering seeking professional help to manage and overcome this fear is important. Doing so can help you regain a sense of safety and control.

Legal implications

In California, there are strict liability laws regarding dog bites. This means that, if bitten by a dog, the owner is held responsible for any injuries their dog causes, regardless of whether they knew the dog could be dangerous. Navigating legalities can be overwhelming during such a time. So, consider consulting a legal professional. They can help clarify your rights and ensure that you receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering that you’re entitled to under California law.