A Dog Bite can Result in more Than a Scar

June 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the United States each year approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur.   About 1 in 5 people who are bit will require medical attention.   A dog bite can be much more complicated than a puncture wound, stitches or a scar.  An average of 18% of dog bites are infected with bacteria.  A dog bite infection can slow recovery and cause significant damage to the person that has been bitten.  Since dog bites can become infected, this makes it important for the victim of a dog bite to seek professional medical treatment.  One major bacteria that needs to be stopped immediately is rabies.  If left untreated, rabies is nearly always fatal.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dog bite, you should contact Herrick & Hart.  We have handled dog bites where serious infections have been involved.  These serious infections have complicated and slowed the healing process of the injured person.  We are willing to travel to see you if you are unable to come to our office.

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