Scarring related to dog bites and clawing is one of the most common injuries sustained by victims of dog bites and attacks. Depending on the size of the dog and the area that is bitten, a bite can consist of anything from a puncture wound to sizable laceration involving skin and underlying tissue. Deep wounds may require many stitches or surgery to close and repair.
Medical care can help, but not erase
Even with the best medical care, the tissue affected by the dog bite may bear a permanent reminder of the incident— some scars cannot be erased. Delicate areas, such as around the lips, nose and eye are especially vulnerable to scarring related to dog bites. Because the skin is thinner in these areas, scars are more prominent.
A permanent reminder of a horrible situation
Visible scars from dog attacks to the face, arms or legs can leave victims with shame and embarrassment over the course of a lifetime. Keloids, which are comprised of excessive scar tissue, may develop and further affect the victim’s appearance. As dog injury lawyers, we appreciate both the physical and emotional harm that accompanies scars caused by dog bites. We frequently work with plastic and reconstructive surgeons in dog bite lawsuits to both demonstrate the extent of our clients’ injuries and to facilitate our clients’ obtaining the finest medical care for their injury.
Deep puncture wounds from dog bites may require a number of surgical procedures in order to prevent or treat infection, repair damaged tissue and reduce the appearance of scars. Tissue rearrangement, muscle grafting and skin grafting may be used in order to restore movement, remove scars and correct the appearance of a victim’s face. Surgery or microsurgery may be required to repair scars and keloids and these procedures may be extremely expensive. These medical expenses can typically be recovered under the terms of claim for a dog bite.
Advancing the interests of our injured clients
Given the nature of most scars related to dog bites, no amount of medical care can completely correct the scars that are left behind in maulings or in particularly sensitive areas of the body. In these cases, we work hard to compassionately yet aggressively advocate on our client’s behalf to pursue damages related to disfigurement— a recognized element of damages under Illinois Law.
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As Chicago Dog Bite Attorneys, we have helped many men, women and children recover compensation scars to their face, arms, hands and legs. Our attorneys have successfully presented dog bite scars to insurance companies, defense lawyers and juries in order for our clients to recover the maximum compensation they are entitled to under Illinois law. We have a team of investigators and lawyers who can be dispatched to your home or hospital at anytime. Our consultations are free and a legal fee is only charged when their is a recovery for you.