Dog bites differ from typical lacerations in that the source of the injury is a living animal that carries with it other living organisms. When a dog attacks a person, it may create deep puncture wounds that require immediate medical care in order to prevent infection or to treat infections that develop. The cost of this medical care can be recovered from the party responsible for the incident— the dog owner.
How dog bite wounds become infected
Bacteria and other microorganisms are prevalent in a dog’s saliva and are transferred in a bite. It can prove difficult to cleanse the area properly because incisors are able to penetrate deep into the tissue and distribute bacteria in areas that cannot be reached by conventional means. If an infection develops as a result, it can be equally as difficult to treat and the victim of the act may be owed damages both for the cost of the medical care and the pain and suffering associated with the injury.
Aside from making sure that a victim is treated in the event that the attacking dog had rabies, doctors must also be aware of several other types of infections that could develop. Pasteurellosis is an infection that develops in the tissue that may spread into muscle tendons and even bone matter. It is extremely serious and must be treated right away if it is detected. This is one of the most common types of infections that result from animal bites of any kind.
Common types of infections related to wounds from dog bite incidents
Strep and staph infections are also extremely common in patients being treated for bite wounds from dog attacks. Even the smallest of infections can quickly grow and cause unexpected complications. These infections can spread quickly if they are not noticed and treated quickly and pose the same level of risk as Pasteurellosis. Doctors will usually treat such infections with a regimen of antibiotics.
In some very rare cases, an infection will develop that is known as capnocytophaga. It is a race against the clock when it is discovered that a patient has contracted capnocytophaga. The majority of people who develop this infection were bitten by dogs and it is extremely dangerous— killing three out of every ten people who contract it.
Dog bite infections and Illinois animal control law
If an infection is caused as a direct result of a dog bite, the owner of the dog is required by law to provide damages to cover medical expenses and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog and have acquired medical bills as a result of ongoing treatment due to the initial bite, follow up care or a lingering infection, the cost of all of the medical expenses that you have incurred may be recovered as damages pursuant to Illinois Law.
Chicago dog bite attorneys working to secure the most favorable recovery for you
In order to know all of your legal options, you will want to talk with a qualified attorney that knows all of the intricacies of Illinois Law. We have experience recovering record setting damages for those who have been bitten or mauled by dogs and will be happy to review your case.