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Dog Bites Can Result in Serious Complications

December 01, 2015

Millions of dogs reside as cherished pets across the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation estimates that approximately 36.5 percent of all households own at least one dog. Undoubtedly, dogs make excellent companions and can assist people in staying safe in their own homes. However, it is important to remember that dogs hold the potential to inflict serious injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur across the United States each year. For about one in five dog bite victims, infection and serious complications occur. Some of the most common complications experienced by dog bite victims include:

  • Infection: Dogs' mouths house millions of bacteria at any given time. The old saying that dogs' mouths are cleaner than our own holds no weight. When a dog bites a person, bacteria are transferred into the wound and can develop into an infection. At times, infections are serious enough to require hospitalization and antibiotic treatment.
  • Nerve damage: The nerves transmit electrical impulses between the brain and the rest of the body. When a nerve is damaged due to a dog bite, the victim might experience a decreased range of motion, loss of muscle strength, and issues with sensations. Nerve damage can even be irreversible, impacting a dog bite victim's quality of life and ability to perform work tasks as well as everyday tasks.
  • Emotional issues: Many people who have been bitten will become nervous around dogs or even develop a clinical fear of dogs. In some instances, fear can manifest into greater anxiety issues and even post traumatic stress disorder. These fears and emotional issues can consume the dog bite victim's life, impacting their ability to function at the level they previously enjoyed.

Ensure Your Recovery by Retaining the Assistance of a Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in a dog attack, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Dog bite injuries can be quite serious and the physical as well as emotional well-being of the victim could be affected for some time to come. As a result, anyone who has been injured in a dog attack should be entitled to significant financial compensation. In order for dog bite victims to recover the full amount to which they are entitled, they will need the assistance of an experienced attorney, who will investigate your case and uncover your best avenue for a full recovery. Compensation could include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. Do not delay; contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 39 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

If you injured in a dog attack, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm assists injured dog bite victims across Georgia and in the Southeast and we bring over 39 years of experience to your personal injury case, striving to provide each and every client with the dedication, compassion and expertise they deserve. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances are of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Personal Injury

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