There are millions of dogs in the U.S. While these animals provide companionship to many people and most dogs will never seriously bite a human, attacks do happen.
The power that dogs — even smaller breeds — possess is often underestimated. The majority of dog breeds possess a bite force at least twice that of humans. For larger breeds, this number can triple. What kinds of injuries can dog bites cause?
While many dog bites result in cuts and lacerations that heal relatively quickly, bites can cause avulsions. Avulsions are much deeper wounds that tear at least some of the skin and flesh off.
Usually, this type of injury exposes deeper tissues, tendons and muscles. If these areas suffer damage, then it can take a long time for the victim to recover. When the nerves have been damaged, a full recovery often isn’t possible.
Dog bites can also cause damage to bones. Sometimes, when a bite has penetrated the soft tissue, it can extend to smaller bones. Due to the power of a dog’s jaws, most breeds have no problem crushing small bones within a short period. Bone fractures like this can involve lengthy recovery periods, surgeries, rehabilitation and even permanent disfigurement.
Infections can also result from bites
On top of the initial damage, infections are a serious risk from dog bites. The wound may become necrotic or infected with potentially deadly bacteria. That’s why it’s so important to seek medical assistance after any animal bite.
If you have been bitten by an animal, then you may be able to hold the owner liable for your medical costs and other expenses and damages. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of your options.