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3 potentially expensive medical issues that stem from dog bites

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2022 | Dog Bites

When a dog attacks and bites a human, it can cause severe physical damage. Some people attacked by an aggressive canine only need to clean and monitor their wounds, as they have no major injuries. Others will have much larger medical expenses associated with an aggressive animal’s attack.

People sometimes need to seek insurance benefits or even file a lawsuit against the animal’s owner because of the costs associated with the bite. What are some of the more common reasons that a dog bite might produce massive medical bills?

Facial disfiguration

When a dog bites someone in the face, especially a child, the cost to repair the damage done and minimize scarring can be substantial. Young children often require multiple procedures because they continue growing after their body initially heals.

Severe infection

Sometimes, the bite wound doesn’t look that bad, but the victim eventually develops an infection. The long, tapered teeth of a dog create a perfect scenario for bacteria to flourish inside a wound. Especially when someone doesn’t get immediate medical treatment, an infection might lead to hospitalization and complications.

Emotional trauma

The more aggressive the animal was and the more helpless the person felt, the more likely it is for them to need counseling after the attack. Mental health support can be expensive, and people may need several years of weekly therapy to fully recover from an animal attack and the trauma it causes.

Identifying the biggest expenses you may have to pay after a dog bite attack will help you decide what forms of compensation you require.

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