Property owners and dog owners should keep their dogs restrained or inaccessible to others, especially to visitors or passersby. According to the website of Goings Law Firm, LLC, those who have been hurt in dog bites may be able to get compensation from the owners.
Some of the most common injuries associated with dog bites are lacerations, or deep cuts in the skin or flesh. These injuries may be sustained because of the dog’s teeth, and their severity may be affected by the dog’s jaw strength and the sharpness of its teeth.
Possible Consequences of Lacerations
Bleeding: This can be associated with most wounds, but it can be particularly dangerous in dog bites lacerations. This is especially true if the dog bite is deep.
Disfigurement: Lacerations can also end up disfiguring the affected body part. The worst lacerations involve disfigurement to the face or hand. This does not only result into pain and suffering, but also into low self-confidence.
Infection: Dogs have the tendency to be around dirty things, so their teeth may be full of bacteria that can cause infections once the teeth contact the skin or flesh of their victims. Other complications, such as rabies, should also be taken into consideration.
Nerve Damage: The loss of muscle function and other similar symptoms may also result from lacerations. Like bleeding, this is more likely if the dog bite is deep enough to reach and damage nerves.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Flashbacks, nightmares, hallucinations, and other instances where the dog biting incident can be re-experienced by the victims are also possible consequences of dog bites and lacerations, possibly resulting into other psychological problems like social withdrawal.
Scarring: Many dog bites and lacerations end up leaving marks on the affected areas. This can cause problems in a cosmetic sense, especially if the affected area is the face.
How to Avoid Dog Bites
Property owners and dog owners are not just the only ones who should make the effort of avoiding dog biting accidents. You, as a visitor or a passerby, should also be considerate. Below are some of the things you can do to avoid such accidents:
- Avoid being too close to the dog
- Do not provoke the dog
- Do not give the dog a reason to defend itself, its young, or its property
- Watch out for signs that a dog is about to bite, such as growling or being in a pouncing position