November 19th, 2018| Dog bites aren’t just painful—they have the potential to cause victims to suffer debilitating and even life-threatening complications. To make matters worse, some dog bite victims are left unable to work for long periods of time. And when they’re not able to go to work, they’re not earning the paychecks their loved ones depend on. There are three common ways that dog bites can put victims out of work for long periods of time, and they include:
- Nerve damage—Dogs have sharp teeth that can penetrate the skin and muscles and damage or sever nerves. Nerve damage can result in temporary or permanent loss of feeling and movement in affected body parts, making it difficult or impossible for victims to go back to work.
- Pain—The injuries inflicted by dog bites can be extremely painful. Because of the damage that dogs’ teeth can do to victims’ skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, victims may be unable to use their hands, arms, feet, or legs for weeks or even months while they heal.
- Infection—Dogs’ mouths are filled with potentially harmful bacteria that can enter victims’ bloodstreams when they’re bitten. In addition, victims also may be at risk of secondary infections from environmental sources. Dog bite-related infections can cause serious complications locally and throughout the body—some of which can be life-threatening.