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Dog Bite Injury Symptoms to Look For

Have you recently received a dog bite injury in Boulder? If so, it is important to understand the warning signs associated with the bite. If you experience any of the symptoms below, you will likely require immediate medical care and the help of a Boulder dog bite injury lawyer:

Infection of the Wound

When you suffer from a dog bite injury in Boulder, it is common to experience a puncturing of the skin. Sometimes these lacerations are large and will require medical attention and sutures. Regardless of their size, it is important to properly clean the area that has been punctured.

  • Cleanse it with soap and water.
  • Clean the area using hydrogen peroxide.
  • Apply ointment to the wound to help it heal.

These measures should be taken immediately; however, it may not be enough to prevent the wound from becoming infected. If the wound gets worse or you experience a fever, swelling, and excessive pain, make sure to contact a medical professional immediately.

Rabies

Another concern with this type of injury is the transfer of rabies between the dog and victim. In order to prevent infection with rabies, you may need to see a doctor and get vaccinated. In addition, it is important to check with the owner about the immunization history of the animal. If the dog was recently immunized, you should be okay. If you experience any of the following symptoms, however, you need to seek medical attention immediately:

  • Lethargy
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Acute pain
  • Uncontrolled movements
  • Hydrophobia
  • Mania
  • Coma

If not treated in time, rabies almost always results in death due to respiratory failure, so it is important to see a doctor immediately if you believe you were bitten by a dog that is infected with rabies.

PTSD

Finally, many victims of dog bites experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Usually, they fear another attack and get anxious in certain environments or around specific animals. If your stress has increased after the attack, it is important to seek counseling from a mental health professional and to contact a boulder dog bite injury attorney. This will enable you to cope with the added stress and receive adequate compensation to get the care you need.

CALL (800) 873-3202 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION WITH A BOULDER DOG BITE INJURY LAWYER

If you have been injured in an animal attack, and are concerned about how you will cover your medical expenses and pay your household bills during recovery, make sure to discuss your case with and experienced Boulder dog bite injury lawyer. Sloat & Nicholson, P.C. offers a free consultation in all types of personal injury cases in Boulder, Longmont, and throughout Colorado. Call 800-873-3202 today to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer at Sloat & Nicholson, P.C.

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