Each year, dogs bite nearly five million Americans. Approximately 800,000 of these bites will require medical care. About 600,000 of the bites will become infected.
A dog’s mouth contains more than 300 species of bacteria. Many of these bacteria are harmless when they are in the mouth of a dog, but they can cause serious infection in the human bloodstream. Any bite that breaks the skin has the potential to become infected. For these reasons, it is important that all dog bites be cleaned properly and that Wisconsin dog bite victims know the warning signs of infection.
Dog bite infections can develop quickly. If left untreated, they can cause serious illness and even death.
Signs of infection after a dog bite
- Warmth in the skin around the dog bite
- White or clear discharge from the bite wound
- Swollen or painful lymph glands
- Reddish streaks radiating from the dog bite
- Fever or chills
A dog bite victim in Wisconsin who shows signs of infection should seek immediate medical attention. Most infections can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated, a dog bite can cause blood poisoning, meningitis, brain abscess, or even organ failure.
A dog owner is responsible for any injuries caused by a dangerous dog. When an infection is the result of a dog bite in Milwaukee, the dog bite victim has the right to seek compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and other losses related to the injury. To discuss your injury with a Milwaukee dog bite attorney, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.