Being injured by a dog can be a terrifying experience and result in devastating injuries that are both painful and prohibitively expensive to treat. To learn more about collecting compensation for your own injury, you should consider speaking with an experienced Clayton Township dog bite attorney who can help you file a claim.
Dog bite injuries range in severity from minor scrapes and scratches to deep lacerations. Regardless of their severity, injuries do tend to occur most commonly on certain parts of the body, including the:
Puncture wounds, crushed bones, lacerations, fractures, dislocations, and hematoma are only some of the most common types of dog bite injuries, many of which can result in permanent disability or even death. Michigan is not a “one bite rule” state, which means that dog owners can be held strictly liable for injuries inflicted by their animals regardless of whether they knew the dog was dangerous.
Although Michigan dog bite victims are able to collect compensation for their losses, it is still important to take preventive measures when approached by an unfamiliar dog, including:
Those who are approaching a strange dog should also allow the animal to smell them before reaching over to pet it. Finally, small children should always be monitored when playing with a dog.
If these preventive measures do not work or are inapplicable to a specific situation and you have already been knocked down or bitten, but the dog has since been restrained, you should seek medical attention immediately especially in the following situations:
These types of serious bites may require not only stitches, but also surgical intervention to repair muscles and tendons. As many as one in five dog bites become infected, so it may also be necessary to administer strong antibiotics. However, minor wounds, such as scratches and abrasions can usually be treated by thoroughly washing them with soap and water, applying an antibiotic cream to the affected area, and covering the wound with a bandage.
Contact Nickola Law at 810-767-5420 today to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated and compassionate dog bite attorney who can help protect your interests.
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