In a vicious dog attack, human tissue can suffer severe damage such as deep tears in the flesh or broken bones caused by dog bites. These situations require prompt medical attention, and most victims know that they must seek such help immediately.
Sometimes, dog attacks are not vicious and may leave the victim with a shallow scratch or two. In these cases, the victim may not feel an urgent need to see a doctor. Although understandable, not getting a medical opinion is unwise because even minor dog bites can make you sick if the animal carries harmful germs or bacteria.
What diseases are spread by dog bites?
Some of the potentially serious diseases a person may acquire from dog bites include the following.
- Salmonellosis: Salmonella bacteria may pass through a dog’s saliva. Symptoms include diarrhea, cramps and fever. In some cases, the victim may require hospitalization.
- Rabies: A bite from an infected dog can sicken humans as well. Unfortunately, once symptoms begin to appear in humans, it is typically too late to treat the disease.
- MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus): This is a life-threatening condition that often comes without symptoms. If the infection spreads to your lungs or bloodstream, your life may be at risk
Other potentially serious but rare illnesses from dogs include Capnocytophaga, Brucellosis and Plague (caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis).
Bensalem, Pennsylvania, is home to many dogs. Most of these animals are harmless, but you still need to understand that dog bites come with both injury and illness risks. If you are sickened by a bite medical treatment may cause financial hardships. A successful personal injury claim can provide you with compensation to cover your medical care and replace your out-of-pocket costs.