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Any dog bite can cause serious injuries

Dog owners who assure you their dogs don't bite do not understand the nature of a dog. As gentle and loving as a dog may be, it still has animal instincts of self-protection and territoriality. Then again, some dogs are simply aggressive.

A dog owner in Rhode Island is responsible for the behavior of his or her dog. While many pet parents take care to keep their animals under control at all times, dogs can still be unpredictable. If you or your child suffered injuries from a dog bite, you may have many concerns and questions.

Common injuries

A dog bite can be dangerous on many levels, especially for a child. In fact, children between five and nine have the highest chances of becoming victims of serious dog bites. While a dog may snap a warning bite that barely breaks the skin, a more violent attack may result in any of the following injuries:

  • Lacerations that require stitches
  • Damage to tendons that may limit the movement of the fingers, hand or leg that the dog bit
  • Substantial skin damage or loss of skin that requires surgery
  • Nerve damage that can leave you with permanent paralysis in the affected limb
  • Damage to blood vessels that can cause dangerous blood loss
  • Broken bones from the force of the bite

If the dog that attacked you or your child did not have its appropriate immunizations, you may be at risk of infection from the deadly rabies virus. Without information about the dog's record of immunization, doctors may play it safe and immunize you. However, rabies may not be the only infection that concerns your doctor. Dog bites drive bacteria deep into your skin, and the likelihood of infection is extremely high. Even a minor injury may become infected.

Long-term suffering

In addition to the physical damage a dog bite can do, it is important not to overlook the emotional trauma you or your child may experience after an attack. Often, dog bites occur suddenly and seemingly without warning, and this may cause you to experience flashbacks or episodes of anxiety.

If a dog attack left you or your child with disfiguring scars, you may certainly have psychological issues to deal with. These are damages you should not discount if you decide to seek compensation for the injuries you or your child suffered from a dog attack.

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