Animal Bites and You

When someone has a pet, you can reasonably expect the animal to be tame and not prone to biting. However, some people do not properly train or take care of their pets, which can lead to aggression. Animal bites can cause a person permanent damage—both physical and mental. Sometimes, a person who is bitten by an animal they used to love may be etched with a permanent fear of those creatures.

Damages Caused by Animal Bites

Animal bites may be more harmful than you think. You might have received playful nips from your puppy or cat, but when an animal is attacking out of fear, aggression, or possessiveness, this can spell permanent harm to you. Bites from animals can cause the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Nerve Damage
  • Scarring
  • Chipped, fractured, or broken bones
  • Death

The Rabies Virus

Another scary thing about animal bites is the transmission of diseases, specifically rabies. Rabies is a virus that usually results in death for its warm-blooded hosts. Rabies causes encephalopathy, which is swelling and inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain. It can even reach into the brain itself.

If you are bitten by an animal, you should try to bring it in for testing to see if it has rabies. However, this can be difficult for wild animals. Thus, if you are bitten by an animal, most doctors will automatically prescribe a rabies shot series just in case you are infected. With rabies, it is better to be safe than sorry because it so often results in death once the virus manifests itself.

Contact Us

If you have suffered an animal bite, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help you get over your injuries. For more information on animal bites and other personal injury topics, contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer from Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. today by calling 800-763-0964.

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