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Dog Bites in Illinois Pose a Risk of Spreading Serious Infections

Posted on in Dog Bite Injuries

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_537743734.jpgMany thousands of people are hospitalized in America every year because of dog bites, and, unfortunately, some dog bites even result in fatalities. Although dog bites may seem like a commonplace injury, they can have serious consequences - even if, at first glance, it seems they are not serious. 

Although dogs can be well-trained, it is not always possible to completely control a dog’s actions. Some owners specifically encourage aggression in their dogs, resulting in dangerous situations in which attacking dogs can cause scars and disfigurement, traffic accidents, serious nerve damage, and other injuries. If you have been injured by a dog bite, even as an accident, consider talking to an experienced Illinois dog bite attorney. 

Common Infections From Dog Bites 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that nearly one in five dog bites becomes infected from bacteria in the dog’s mouth. Contrary to popular belief, dog mouths are full of harmful bacteria, and a bite can allow that bacteria direct access to a human’s bloodstream and soft tissue. Here are some of the most common infections that can spread from bacteria after a dog bite: 

  • Tetanus - People often get tetanus vaccines after they step on a rusty nail, but tetanus infections can result from dog bites as well. 

  • Rabies - Rabies is a life-threatening virus that can affect the brain. Although it is less common in the United States, it is still a threat that should be taken seriously. 

  • Pasteurella - Pasteurella is a common bacteria that causes a red, swollen infection at the bite site. People with weakened immune systems can suffer more serious results, including swollen joints and glands that can make movement difficult. 

  • Capnocytophaga - Capnocytophaga bacteria are rare, but can cause blisters, redness and swelling, fever, vomiting, and headache. 

  • Antibiotic-Resistant Staphylococcus - Staph infections can be difficult to treat and lead to serious skin, lung, and urinary tract infections. 

Call a DuPage County, IL Dog Bite Infection Lawyer

If you or your child have been bitten by a dog, it is important to take the bite seriously and seek medical attention for the complications that can result. Before taking any steps to dismiss fault or accept compensation from the dog’s owner, dog bite victims should consider getting legal advice from a DuPage County, IL dog bite attorney with experience helping dog bite victims recover compensation. To learn more, schedule a free initial consultation by calling Dog Bite Injury Lawyer - Mevorah Law Offices LLC today at 630-552-6860



Sources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5226a1.htm 

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1704&ChapterID=41 

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Contact an Illinois Dog Bite Attorney

If you have suffered a dog bite injury, our personal injury lawyers can help you determine the actual value of the damages you have suffered, and we will work to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call us at 630-552-6860 or fill out the form below to arrange a free consultation.

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