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Should You Go to the ER After a Dog Bite?


Published in Dog bites and Animal Attacks, Warning Signs? on April 5, 2021.

Dog bites often happen when least expected and can leave victims and their families wondering what to do. Generally, all dog bite victims should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Some may also require emergency care.

A dog’s natural defensive mechanism is to bite objects or people it perceives as threats. Even though it’s natural, their bites can lead to severe injuries in people they perceive as threats. If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, you might be wondering what to do next or if you should go to the emergency room. The measures you take now will affect both your health and any future legal claim you might file. In addition to seeking medical care, you’ll also want to speak to an experienced Macon dog bite attack lawyer.

When to Get Medical Care After a Dog Bite

Dog bites can leave people quite stunned and in severe pain. In general, all dog bites, even those that don’t appear to break the skin, should be examined by a doctor. This is especially true if the dog who bit you isn’t your own. You want to ensure that there are no injuries. You also want to create a paper trail of the bite in case you hire a dog bite attorney and need to pursue a legal claim. 

When to Get Emergency Medical Care After a Dog Bite

You will need to call an ambulance in some instances, such as severe bleeding or partially severed limbs. In others, you can take the person to the emergency room yourself. You want to seek emergency care for a dog bite if:

  • There’s significant bleeding or pain
  • You don’t know the dog who bit you
  • You don’t know when you had your last tetanus shot or know it’s been longer than ten years
  • There are lacerations or deep, jagged or large puncture wounds
  • You don’t know if the dog has been vaccinated against rabies

Why Medical Care is Important

Dog bites can cause various injuries and complications. The sooner you get medical care, the greater the chances are that you won’t suffer complications and you can heal from your injuries quicker. Having a record of your injuries can also serve as valuable evidence if you intend to file a claim against the dog’s owner or handler. Dog bites can cause:

  • Broken bones
  • Severe infections
  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement and amputations

Many people are concerned about the cost of medical care, so they might try to heal at home, only to find they have serious complications. Remember that you can often seek compensation for all medical care – and other losses – with the help of the right attorney.

Get Help from an Experienced Macon Dog Bite Attack Attorney Today

At Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law, we know how traumatic, perplexing, and painful dog bites can be. We’ve seen the injuries and the devastation that they cause. People who suffer dog bites deserve fair compensation for their injuries. Unfortunately, without a lawyer on their side, they don’t always receive what they deserve. 

Call (478) 746-1468 or contact us online today. We provide free dog bite attack case consultations with experienced Macon dog bite attack lawyers.