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How Can a Dog’s Bite Harm You?

Of the millions of dogs that are owned by people and families in the United States, a majority are extremely friendly and loving, even to strangers, and never cause anyone harm. However, unfortunately, there are many dogs that are aggressive and attack people, often causing unsuspecting people extreme harm, both physically and psychologically.

While some dog bites may only be minor, resulting in superficial cuts, others can cause debilitating physical harm. Some of the most common effects of dog bites include:

  • Lacerations (cuts)
  • Broken bones
  • Infections
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Paralysis
  • Nerve damage
  • Emotional / psychological harm

Often times, it is the psychological damage that a dog bite victim sustains that is the most damaging. Not only do many victims of such attacks suffer from issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder that cause lasting fear and trauma, but they also can suffer from self-esteem and personal issues related to the damage that the dog bite causes.

When suffering from the ramifications of a dog bite or attack, a dog bite lawyer wants you to understand and be aware of what you can do in the aftermath. Especially for those suffering from psychological repercussions, there are many treatment paths that you can pursue, such as therapy and medications. These treatments can be extremely valuable in helping you to overcome the effects and consequences of a dog bite or attack; however, they can also be extremely expensive, especially if a person needs extensive physical or emotional treatment. Fortunately, in such a situation, a person may be able to hold the dog’s owner liable for the incident. Thus, if you have been the victim of a dog bite and suffered any injury, you should consider all the potential options available to you for dealing with the effects of this injury.

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