Dogs are beloved pets in many houses across the country. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dogs are the number one household pet and are in 38.4% of homes in the United States. The AVMA estimates that the number of dogs as pets in the country is approximately 76,811,305. Americans look at their pets as more than animals, they look at them as family. Even though you may believe your dog is harmless, however, there is always the chance that your beloved pet could bite.
Dog bites are not uncommon. There are about 4.7 million individuals in the country that suffer injuries from bites each year. The highest-risk group are young children between the ages of 5 years old and 9 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 25% of bites in youngsters will require medical attention. While it may seem that bites would come from random dogs that a person encounters on the street, the opposite is actually true. Most bites occur from dogs with which the victims are familiar.
How to Treat Dog Bites
Treating a wound immediately followed by an appointment with a doctor is the recommended route for taking care of a dog bite. There are many reasons for this. First, washing and attending to the injury site quickly may help you ward off potential infection. Following up with a doctor not only ensures that you get tested for infection and obtain the required prescription for the antibiotics needed to treat it, but it also serves as documentation of the severity of your injuries.
When you are pursuing a dog bite personal injury claim, just like with any other lawsuit, the more information you have, the better. Showing that you sustained injuries, received medical treatment, and that you were provided with a diagnosis is essential to building a strong case. Barney Injury Law is a trusted Virginia Beach dog bite injury law firm that has the experience necessary to take on your legal battles while you focus on healing.
Before you get to a medical professional, take these steps to treat your dog bite wound:
- If the injury is bleeding, take a clean towel and wrap the bite wound, applying pressure to subdue the bleeding.
- Keep the area of your body that sustained the damage elevated to help lessen blood flow.
- Warm soap and water is the best way to wash the wound.
- Pat dry, then apply a sterile bandage.
- Each day, an antibiotic ointment should be applied to the wound to ward off infection.
Where to Get Help After a Dog Attack in Virginia Beach
Barney Injury Law is the Virginia personal injury law firm you want supporting your efforts to obtain compensation for your damages. Scott R. Barney Esq. will assess your unique circumstances to put together the information necessary for a strong personal injury claim. Some of the information your lawyer will want to know includes:
- Do you know the identity of the dog’s owner?
- Do you know if the dog has been vaccinated?
- Did you provoke the dog or did the dog bite for no reason?
- What is the state of your health? Certain conditions like diabetes or liver disease, for instance, make a person at increased risk for major infections and complications when wounded.