Being involved in a dog bite attack is usually a traumatic experience for the victim. Even worse, a disfigurement or scar can serve as a permanent reminder of that traumatic attack. A person may be emotionally disturbed by looking at his or her disfigured appearance or permanent scar. Some victims may end up having a scar that appears to be a series of scratches, while other victims may have imprints of a dog’s teeth marks. Scarring can also be extensive when a dog has cut through multiple layers of skin and tissue. Victims may require multiple corrective surgeries to prevent the scarring that they have suffered.
Victims Can Suffer Multiple Injuries in Dog Bite Attacks
When a victim is involved in a dog bite attack with a pit bull or other notoriously dangerous dog, he or she can suffer from multiple injuries. A defensive or frustrated dog may repeatedly injure an individual until he or she receives outside help. Dogs may continue to scratch and bite the individual until he or she can escape. These injuries often lead to permanent scars on various parts of the body. Some body parts that may be permanently injured and scarred after a dog bite attack are:
Treatment for Injuries After a Dog Bite Attack
Dog bite attacks can range in severity. If a victim has been bitten by a particularly vicious type of dog, he or she may require intensive care for weeks. Some individuals may only need minor cosmetic surgeries to improve the appearance of a faded scar. Other individuals may require intensive cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of deep wounds or severe lacerations. Every year, victims spend over $100 million to receive treatment for dog bites.
If you have received a dog bite, it is important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. A doctor will assist you in cleaning the wound and providing the appropriate dressings for it. Whether you have suffered a small puncture or large laceration, a doctor will need to thoroughly inspect and clean the wound. There may be a chance that you have received rabies or harmful diseases as a result of a dog bite. Not every dog owner provides his or her pet with the requisite care required under Illinois law.
Dealing with the Trauma of a Dog Bite Accident
Victims may also require therapy with a psychologist after a dog bite accident. It is not uncommon for victims to suffer from depression and anxiety after they have been attacked by a vicious dog. It may take years for a victim to live a normal life once again. Small children are particularly susceptible to suffering from depression and anxiety after they have been attacked by a dog. Victims of dog bite attacks may have a legal claim for compensation to cover expenses that are associated with corrective procedures and therapy.