What types of injuries are common in dog attacks?

Any type of animal attack can be extremely scary and could potentially cause harm. However, canine attacks are especially vicious due to the fact that they are unexpected.

If you’re walking through the woods and see a bear, you know it is a wild animal and could be dangerous. However, if you’re walking in your own neighborhood and see a dog in a yard, you wouldn’t think twice about going near him or walking by him. Dogs are domesticated. They’re loyal and affectionate. Heck, they’re man’s best friend. You don’t expect them to attack, so you don’t take precautions to protect yourself. Children especially have problems identifying when and when not to approach a dog, because all they see is an adorable fluffy puppy.

Unfortunately, this assumption that all dogs are friendly to strangers and have the misdemeanor of Lassie leads to horrific attacks and brutal injuries. So, the next time you see a strange dog, before approaching it or allowing your child to pet it, remember the injury risks and make sure you gauge the dog’s temperament. Otherwise, you and your child could suffer severe injuries.

Common Canine Catastrophes: Severe Injuries and Permanent Damage

A dog’s jaw strength can exert up to 600 pounds of pressure in a single chomp. Now, if you add that amount of force to a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth specially designed to rip apart flesh, you have a recipe for disaster. In addition to essentially having pressurized knives at their disposal, dogs can also use their powerful bodies, nails, and necks to whip you around, crush you, and cut you—all while introducing bacteria into the freshly made open wounds. As a result, even a small attack can have catastrophic effects.

Beyond simple cuts and bruises, the most common types of severe dog bite injuries include:

  • Muscle and nerve damage, including punctures, lacerations and severing of muscles, nerves, and tendons
  • Eye injuries. When attacking, many larger breed dogs will lunge and jump toward your face—the most exposed area of your body—possibly causing punctures and scraps to your eyes and cheeks.
  • Cellulitis. This is a skin infection from bacteria within the dog’s mouth
  • Other infections. Open wounds can quickly become infected, especially if bacteria from the dog’s nails are left within the wounds.
  • Broken bones. The force of a bite could potentially snap a bone in half, while vigorous shaking can cause bones to dislodge. Dislocated joints are extremely common when small children are attacked.
  • Blood loss. If not treated immediately, punctures in veins or arteries could cause rapid blood loss.
  • Rabies. When a dog is infected by rabies, a single bite is enough to transmit the disease to a human.

The Right to Compensation for Dog Attack Injuries

Dogs attack and injure a person or animal when they feel threatened or provoked. No matter the reason for the attack, if you or a loved one suffers any type of injury, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Even if the wounds are small, make sure a doctor properly cleans, examines, and cares for them to prevent further injury and help reduce your risk for scarring.

After your injuries have been well treated, the next step you need to take is to ensure your rights are being upheld. To do this, you need to contact an experienced Philadelphia dog bite attorney (Link to Dog Bites and Attacks PRACTICE AREA page). We can not only help you learn more about your legal options, but we can help you get the treatment compensation and damages you and your injuries deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and the circumstances of your injuries, and see how we can help you with your recovery.