A pet is one of the best things in a person’s life. In fact, a dog can bring family and friends together, help to deal with stress, and settle your child down at night. However, they can also cause serious bodily harm.
Dog bites can cause serious injuries, including bites that puncture organs, bone fractures, scarring on the face, injuries to eyes and limbs, and even death. If a dog owner’s negligence results in significant injury to another person, an Atlanta dog bite lawyer can help you get compensation.
Let us now see into the 5 common injuries caused by dog bites in Atlanta.
- Punctured or broken skin
If your dog bites you or another person, the bite is designed to inflict pain and can cause a sharp puncture hole or broken skin. If it is a punctured wound, this could leave the victim with nerve damage, which can lead to numbness, tingling, and possible loss of senses, such as hearing, touch, and vision. If the bite is severe enough to break the skin, then bleeding may occur. This kind of injury may require stitches.
- Broken bones
A dog bite can result in a broken bone. Although the bones are quite hard, a bite from a dog can cause these bones to fracture and even dislodge from their sockets and be displaced. These injuries are rarely fatal but can cause complications depending on the extent of the injury.
- Head and neck injuries
Head and neck injuries caused by dog bites can result in severe injury or even death. This type of injury is usually caused due to deep bites that cause significant tissue damage or bone fractures, as well as pressure on blood vessels and nerves that could cause injury to the brain.
- Eye injuries
In a dog bite, the eye is one of the most vulnerable parts. A dog bite can cause serious injury to an eye, including the eyelid and other tissues within the eye. Serious injuries may require hospitalization and surgery to repair the damage done by a dog bite.
- Tissue damage
Tissue damage can result from a dog bite. When a dog bites down, it creates pressure that can tear skin and tissue, making it easier for bacteria to enter the wound and cause infection. Depending on the severity of the bite, tissue damage can be severe enough to cause abnormalities in the body’s ability to heal itself.