Although some dog bites can leave massive scars and serious skin and tissue damage, most dog bites are on the smaller side and may require only some lighter bandaging. These small bites, however, can be just as dangerous as a large bite. This is because the real danger in a dog bite comes from the possibility of a bacterial infection, which is not dependent on the size of the dig biting you. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert dog bite attorney at 617-787-3700.
Shannon Larson, a 58 year-old woman living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died recently very shortly after being bitten by her young dog, Bo. Initially, she experienced some flu-like symptoms, including fevers and aches, but her condition rapidly deteriorated. She eventually died from a bacterial infection that some dogs carry in their saliva.
Similar stories have resulted in tragedy and loss for many families. Five year-old Liam Young, of Grant County, Wisconsin, had his fingers and toes amputated after being exposed to the same bacteria as Shannon Larson. West Bend resident Greg Manteufel also underwent extensive amputation for much the same reason.
Although this type of bacterial infection is rare in humans, the bacteria itself is extremely common in pets and does not make them sick. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention noted that about 30% of people exposed to these bacteria become ill, and that those who abuse drugs or alcohol, or have contracted HIV, have a much higher chance of becoming ill due to exposure.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a dog bite, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert dog bite attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R, Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Boston injury attorney professionals today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!