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Dog Bite Injuries

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Dog bites can result in a wide range of injuries.  Depending on the size and strength of the dog, and whether the victim was a child or an adult, injuries can range from mild to extremely severe.  No matter what the circumstances of your dog attack, a Houston dog bite lawyer from Kirkendall Dwyer LLP can help you.

The most common types of dog bite injuries are:

  • Puncture wounds:  Most bite wounds lead to puncture wounds.  Because a dog’s teeth are relatively dull and thick, the wound might not bleed excessively, but the rate of infection from such wounds is high.  Often, the surface wound will close up quickly as well, appearing to be healed, but this only traps the bacteria from the animal’s mouth in the victim’s skin, most times leading to infection.  Click here to read about the different types of infections commonly caused by dog bites.
  • Lacerations:  These are tears in the skin or underlying tissue.  Severe dog bites can lacerate the tendons in the hand, causing problems with hand movement.
  • Cellulitis/Infection:  When the deeper layers of skin are affected, a skin infection can result from the bacteria that have been introduced.
  • Amputation:  Amputation is the loss of a body party.  This severe injury is more common in children who suffer from dog bites.
  • Avulsion:  Avulsion is the term for a body part being ripped off.  It is more serious than a laceration, and less devastating than an amputation.  Most often as this injury relates to dog bites, it occurs when a lip or an ear is torn off by a dog.  This is a common injury in children, as the attacking dog has access to their faces.
  • Crush Injuries:  Crush injuries result when a body part is squeezed between two heavy objects, in this case the jaws of a dog.  Resulting damage includes nerve damage, bleeding, and bruising.  These types of injuries often result in infection as well.  If a finger or other body part is infected enough and causes sepsis, then an amputation may be necessary.
  • Fracture:  The force of a dog bite can crush bone into pieces.  This most often occurs with the delicate bones in a child’s face, and the delicate bones in an adult’s hand.  An open fracture results when the bone breaks through the skin.  There is risk of deep bone infection in these cases.

If you or a loved one was injured by a dog bite, then you should seek medical attention immediately.  Once you have taken care of your medical care needs, then contact a Houston dog bite attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP.  Only an experienced dog bite lawyer can process your case with the attention it deserves, and get you the results you want.  Fill out a form for your free case review.