Can I get any kind of diseases from a dog bite?

Diseases from a dog bite may still be contracted by victims of bites even if the dog is well-looked after and is not a stray. Dogs may carry a number of different diseases in their saliva that may cause infection. A dog attack attorney in Clarksburg can address any medical conditions and their treatment costs when filing a claim for dog bite injuries.

What are some possible infections or diseases from a dog bite?

Following a dog bite, it is imperative that you seek professional medical attention as soon as possible to lessen the chance of contracting one of these debilitating, and possibly life-threatening, diseases.

  • Rabies – Rabies is the most well-known disease that may be contracted from a dog bite. It can cause fever, headaches, body pain, partial paralysis and seizures, though symptoms may not appear right away. There is no cure for rabies; individuals may be given a rabies shot after a dog bite as a precaution. The disease is usually fatal.
  • Tetanus – Tetanus-causing bacteria is found in animal feces, dirt and dust. It may infect open wounds and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness, and fever.
  • Staph Infection – When a dog bites and breaks skin, staphylococcus bacteria may enter the wound and could cause minor skin infections. If staph infects the bloodstream, it may cause serious complications, such as blood poisoning. It may also infect other areas of the body, such as heart and lungs.  
  • Sepsis – This is a condition marked by body-wide inflammation caused by the body’s immune response to an infection. The body may release chemicals to fight the infection, which can harm other organs and may ultimately lead to death in the most serious cases.

After you have seen a doctor, you may reach out to a dog attack attorney in Clarksburg for legal assistance to help pay for treatment and other complications resulting from dog bite injuries.

Bitten by a dog? Get Help from the Miley Legal Group

At The Miley Legal Group, a dog attack attorney in Clarksburg can take on cases involving dog bite injuries, including diseases from dog bites. Call us at 304-931-4088.

Tim Miley
Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group