What Diseases Come from Dog Bites?NY/NJ Legal News
Dog Bites in America
Dogs are a beloved animal in America. They are seen in an estimated 44% of American households, they are included in our art and advertisements, they have their own social media accounts, and businesses have even begun to cater to those traveling with dogs. Indeed, dogs are a wonderful addition to a family, but like with any new family member, there are responsibilities that arise that must not be ignored. Having a dog means that they need to be trained and handled with care so that they know what is good and bad behavior, and when this step isn’t taken, injuries can occur.
Dog bites are a fairly common injury, and while many people see them as a simple wound, they actually can cause serious damage. Dogs, like any animal, carry diseases in their mouths that can infect a person that they bite, which can lead to illness and possibly death in someone who cannot get the proper medical help. For those who are bit by a dog, it’s important to seek medical attention right away, and then it’s important to talk with a personal injury lawyer, especially if the owner of the dog responsible for the bite is not willing to compensate you as needed.
What Diseases Can Dogs Give You?
While dogs are required to be vaccinated and properly cared for by the government, this does not always happen, and so diseases and infections can occur. When you are bitten by a dog, you run the risk of being infected with diseases such as:
Tetanus: Tetanus is a condition in which the lower jaw becomes rigid and can spasm, which is painful and difficult to live with. While adults are advised to get their tetanus shot every 10 years, those who have not kept up with their shot schedule or who are close to their 10-year limit may experience issues with this disease following a bite. If you are bitten by a dog and had your shot more than seven years ago, it’s a good idea to go get one to prevent this condition.
Pasteurella Infections: This is an infection that is caused by bacteria that lives in many dog’s mouths. When a human is infected with this bacterium, they can develop a condition known as cellulitis. This illness will require antibiotics to heal you, and if you do not get the medicine you need, you can end up with serious symptoms that are painful and damaging.
Rabies: This disease is a “worst-case scenario” kind of disease. Due to rabies vaccinations for animals and humans, this disease is not as prevalent as it once was, but it still can infect a dog and a person, and so it should be treated immediately. If the dog has an owner, ask if the dog is up to date on their rabies vaccine. If you cannot get a definitive answer, go get the rabies vaccine for yourself. This disease will kill someone who does not seek medical treatment, so it’s important to go get help quickly.
Dog Bite Injury Lawyers on the East Coast
When you are bitten by a dog, you can end up with a lot of care and medical attention. This can cost you a lot of money, and not every dog owner is willing to pay for your injuries. In these cases, you need to call the lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert A. Solomon of Metro Law. Our team knows how to assist you in these cases, and we will not stop until your case is completely over. Call our office today to see how we can help you at (800) 469-6476.