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Most Common Dog Bites are to Arms and Hands
President George W. Bush’s Scottish Terrier Barney made national headlines just after the November 4th election when he bit a member of the Washington press corps. Jon Decker, a reporter for Reuters, sustained minor lacerations to his index finger as he attempted to pet the First Dog. Decker’s prescription for recovery: a bandage and some antibiotics.
A 1994 study by the Centers for Disease Control found that 45 percent of all dog-related injuries were to the arm or hand region, with the bulk of those injuries to the hand and lower arm. The same study found that 26 percent of dog attacks resulted in injuries to the leg or foot region, with most injuries sustained in the lower leg. Finally, the data showed that 23 percent of attacks were to the head or neck region, with the most injuries sustained to the face or mouth.
The recovery time from a dog bite injury will vary depending on the severity of the injury. The CDC numbers found that 40 percent of dog bite injuries were puncture wounds, and 25 percent were lacerations. In a minority of cases, the bites resulted in abrasions, infections, and hematoma (a collection of blood outside the blood vessels).
To treat minor injuries at home, you should thoroughly clean the wound and apply a bandage and antibiotic ointment. However, it’s recommended that you seek medical attention from a professional instead of treating the wound on your own. This becomes even more important if you were bitten by an unfamiliar dog. A family doctor might stitch a wound, give a tetanus or rabies shot, and prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections. If the wound is deep, it’s possible that the dog could have injured the tissue, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. In this case, you may need to visit a specialist for treatment. A plastic surgeon could be necessary to reduce or eliminate disfiguring scars.
The members of Parker Scheer’s Complex Personal Injury Practice Group have extensive experience representing victims of serious dog bites, as well as other animal attack injuries. For more information about your rights in connection with an injury caused by a dog attack, or to speak with a member of our legal staff, contact us or call (617) 886-0500 seven days a week . There is never a charge to discuss a potential case.
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