Dog bite incidents are a common occurrence in Knoxville. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, annually, there are "4.5 million dog bite victims." The severity of these injuries often range from mild to severe and are life-changing. To better understand the impact of these attacks, you should learn about the different kinds of injuries that can occur when dogs attack.
Adult victims of dog bites often sustain injuries to their hands and legs. Children, who are much smaller and shorter than adults, tend to suffer injuries to their heads and necks. Children are attacked more often than adults because of their smaller size, inability to protect themselves from attacks and lack of knowledge about canine behavior.
Lacerations and puncture wounds
Cuts and lacerations can occur when dogs bite and scratch their victims. These wounds can range from mild to severe and result in excessive scarring and disfigurement. Victims may also receive infections from their canine attackers.
The force of a dog bite can cause severe nerve damage. Victims often require a lot of time, medical care and therapy to recover from their injuries. Even though their scrapes, lacerations and surface wounds may heal, some people never recover from the nerve damage sustained from dog attacks. They may lose sensitivity, range of movement and suffer from chronic pain.
People bitten by dogs with infections like rabies, hepatitis and Pasteurella often require treatment to prevent the infection from becoming serious. Untreated, these diseases can cause health complications and interfere with the normal healing process of wounds sustained from dog bite attacks.
Broken bones and fractures
Broken bones and fractures can occur when victims are attacked by large breed dogs. The viciousness of these attacks, if there were falls and the number of animals also contribute to this type of injury.
Many dog bite victims suffer from emotional distress from their encounters that make it hard for them to be around other dogs and animals. The trauma can affect them in different ways and may have an impact on their relationships with others as well as compromise their independence. They may exhibit signs of stress stemming from their ordeals. Attacks can sometimes leave victims with emotional scars that are hard to heal, making it challenging for them to resume their normal activities.
Dog attacks can be life changing situations that can lead to serious injuries, emotional trauma and long recoveries. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a dog bite or animal attack, you should discuss your situation with an attorney to learn more about your options.