Animal Bites

Imagine yourself petting a cute, fluffy dog. All of a sudden, in a flashing whirl of fur, the canine is biting and attacking you. This is frightening and can leave you with permanent damage. Animal bites are actually a form of personal injury, and if you or a loved one has suffered from this injury, you may be able to receive financial compensation to cover medical costs and other expenses.

Although your mind may immediately jump to dog and cat bites, other animals such as birds, ferrets, rabbits, rats, and reptiles can hurt you as well. Not only can an animal bite or attack leave you scarred and possibly disfigured, but animals can also give you rabies or leave you permanently scared of a creature or species that you once loved.

The Rabies Virus

Rabies is a virus that is typically transmitted through animal bites. It causes acute encephalitis, or brain inflammation, that often results in death after a period of craziness in the infected host. You may be able to tell that an animal has rabies if it is out during a time when it is usually asleep, or if it is acting strangely or salivating heavily.

If you can, it is a good idea to bring in the animal that bit you in order to test it for rabies. If you are unable to catch the creature for testing, you may need to undergo a rabies treatment series just in case.

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Receiving an animal bite can be more serious than you may think, causing lasting physical and mental damage or even death. For more information on animal bites and personal injury, contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., today at 800-763-0964.

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