Everyone should be aware that dogs are unpredictable, but they are still man’s best friend. If you are around a dog, it can bite at any time and for various reasons, and many people wonder whether it is necessary to seek medical treatment for a dog bite injury. In many cases, it is wise to get professional medical help and then speak with a dog bite lawyer in San Francisco about your rights.
“Breaking the Skin”
You have likely heard that you should seek treatment if a dog’s teeth went through your top layer of skin. This is because any bite injuries below the skin run the risk of bacteria getting into the wound. Sometimes, a wound can even heal on the surface and trap the bacteria under your skin, which can lead to serious infections. You should have a medical professional clean and monitor your wound to prevent infections.
Some dog bite injuries are more severe than lacerations and might include:
- Deep puncture wounds
- Torn soft tissue
- Fractured bones
- Multiple lacerations and contusions
If you have a severe injury, you need emergency treatment, and you will likely have a lengthy treatment plan.
Helping Your Claim
If you file a claim to hold the dog owner liable for your losses, the fact that you got immediate medical treatment can only help prove your injuries and losses. Having a medical diagnosis right after the bite not only ensures you get the treatment you need, but can also make it easier to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Dog Bite Lawyer in San Francisco
At the law firm of Schaar Silva LLP, we represent injured victims of many types of accidents, including dog bites. Contact us online or call 408.721.1111 for a free case evaluation and to learn how a San Francisco dog bite attorney can help you.