Dog bites are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that approximately four and one half million dog bites per year usually involve younger children between the ages five to nine years old. Seventy-six percent of these attacks result in fatalities. The average hospital stay can be quite costly. Then add follow-up care, plastic surgery and trauma counseling. The costs involved can be substantial.
Louisiana has a dog bite Statute. Section 2321 of the Louisiana Civil Code requires that the victim of a dog bite must prove that the owner of the dog could have prevented the injury. If the owner could have prevented the injury, then he is strictly liable for the damages caused by the dog. If you own a dog, you are negligent if your animal is not properly housed and leashed. It will be tough to defend your position after a dog attack if you have violated local ordinances.
Several states including Louisiana have specific laws which allow criminal charges to be filed if a dog severely injures an individual. If found guilty, fines and up to six months in jail can be imposed on persons who have vicious animals that have caused injury when not properly restrained. If you or a family member have been wounded by an animal bite, contact a personal injury attorney for the best representation for your injuries.
Some serious consequences of a dog bite may include:
Rabies can result from the bite of an infected dog. This infection affects the central nervous system, ultimately causing death within days of the onset of these symptoms. In the event of the possibility of rabies, seek medical attention immediately.
Capnocytophaga is a bacteria located in the mouths of dogs, cats, and humans that can be problematic and cause illness for people with a weakened immune system. An animal bite can make it difficult for these individuals to fight the infection.
The bacteria Pasteurella is found in over 50% of infected dog bite wounds. This bacteria causes infection at the site of the injury but can cause more serious problems including swollen glands, difficulty moving, and swollen joints.
MRSA is a dangerous type of Staph infection spread by the bite of an animal that is resistant to a particular group of antibiotics. MRSA can cause skin, lung, and urinary tract infections in people. If MRSA spreads to the bloodstream or lungs, it can cause life-threatening infections. Clostridium tetani is a bacteria that produces a toxin known as Tetanus which causes rigid paralysis in people. These are serious consequences that need medical attention immediately.
Many other health consequences are resulting from a dog bite. Not to mention the emotional impact that is a result of being attacked. The most severe and life-threatening dog bites usually involve children who cannot defend themselves. It is so sad that there are so many child deaths from dog bites in the United States.
If you have been injured by an animal, do not hesitate to contact Peyton Burkhalter for a free consultation to discuss your case.