Every year, countless victims seek emergency treatment of injuries inflicted by pets. According to statistics, the majority of victims of animal bites are young males older than 5 but under 10 years of age. Many Connecticut residents have endured the trauma and pain caused by these often violent attacks.
Of immediate concern when one of these attacks occurs is assessing the types of physical injuries that have been inflicted. There are several types of wounds that a powerful dog can cause, including crush and tearing types of wounds. These attacks can cause fractures or near-amputation injuries, depending on the size and location of the wounds. If an attack is severe enough, a victim could face the risk of bleeding to death or suffering permanent disfigurement or disability.
Once the wounds have received the appropriate treatment, the risk of infection or possible zoonotic illnesses sets in. Victims who have been bitten by a dog run the risk of developing two serious infections: Staphylococcus aureus or Pasteurella multocida. Both of these infections can lead to serious complications. Furthermore, tetanus and rabies may be two other serious considerations for both victims and care providers, based on the circumstances surrounding the attack.
While the majority of dogs that attack are not rabid, a victim may still require rabies prevention injections if the dog has not been properly vaccinated or cannot be located. Along with the often serious physical injuries animal bites can cause, victims often suffer long-term psychological effects based on the severity and unpredictable nature of these incidents. Connecticut residents who have endured these terrifying events may seek relief for their monetary damages through the filing of a personal injury civil suit.