There are approximately 4.5 million dog bite reports each year in the United States, sending at least 885,000 people to the hospital for treatment, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Roughly half of these cases involve children, and about 27,000 dog bite attacks are so severe that the victim requires reconstructive surgery, the CDC reports. But other types of treatments for a dog bite are more common.
Treatments for a Dog Bite
When a victim sustains a dog bite attack, the doctor’s first objective is to stabilize the patient, particularly if one of these injuries is present.
- a large amount of blood loss.
- broken bones.
- or, injured organs.
The tending physician will need to assess the injury to determine the extent of the damage, and will often have to use anesthesia in order to allow for a thorough examination.
Cleaning the wounds is also a top priority because the risk of infection is great with dog bites. The doctor might stitch up the wound as well and advise antibiotics. If the dog was rabid or if the dog’s rabies vaccination status is unknown, treatment to prevent rabies may be necessary.
Surgery may be required if broken bones or other internal damage is present. Broken bones and other injuries might require immobilizing the area with a cast or brace to be worn while the injury heals. Pain medication, physical therapy, and psychological counseling are other types of treatments for a dog bite that a doctor might also recommend depending upon the type and severity of the injury.
Pursuing Restitution for Dog Bite Injuries
If you or a loved one was injured in a dog attack in Clarksburg, you may be able to file a claim and recover damages from the owner, including those related to your dog bite treatment. To discuss your options or to take a legal action, contact the Miley Legal Group at (304) 931-4088 to set up an appointment to speak with an attorney.