The most common victims of a dog attack are children. While the majority of animal bites purportedly are caused by a family pet, there have been many reports of victims suffering serious injuries inflicted by an unfamiliar dog. Since Connecticut is a strict liability state, owners are held accountable if their pets cause another person to suffer from injuries.
Whenever a bite punctures the skin, the wound requires treatment in order to avoid the risk of infection. The most frequent locations of bite wounds are to the hands, lower extremities and the face. Children often suffer more serious injuries to the hands and face due to their smaller stature. Any victim needs to be evaluated by medical providers in order to assess the degree of injury and receive the most appropriate treatment based on the location, depth and severity of the bite.
The first step in wound management is thorough irrigation with sterile water, such as a saline flush as studies show that wounds that are thoroughly flushed are less inclined to become infected. If the injury is to the face or nearby location, it is more likely that it will be sutured closed. Other wounds may heal better if they are left partially open. Trained medical providers will choose the treatment options that will facilitate the best recovery possible. Antibiotic therapy may be required depending on the circumstances and the severity of the bite wounds.
Suffering from a dog attack often causes more than the physical wounds. Victims may also experience lingering psychological trauma that may disrupt their lives significantly. To compound the emotional and physical traumas, victims may also sustain economic damages due to medical treatments and possible lost wages. Those who suffer serious animal bites in Connecticut are entitled to pursue recovery of their documented losses through the filing of a personal injury civil lawsuit.