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I am a dog bite victim suffering from severe bite wounds. Do you have any tips to help lower the severity of scarring?

When we think of dogs, we rarely think of a vicious animal that can cause severe damage to a victim. Unfortunately, there are dogs that are aggressive and will attack a person. It is important to keep this in mind when you are around unfamiliar dogs. Sadly, much of the time an attacking dog can’t be stopped.

The sharp teeth of a dog can easily puncture through the skin of a human. The combination of sharp teeth and a powerful jaw means severe wounds. If well taken care of, the severe wounds from a dog attack may heal without infection. However, this does not mean they will not leave a scar.

Many dog bite victims look for ways to treat their scars once the wound has healed. Three ways you can treat your dog bite scars are:

  • Creams, ointment, or gels. These topical products can be used to treat the scar that has been caused by the dog bite. There are many types of topical scar products on the market today. It is wise to consult with a physician before use.
     
  • Surgery. Modern medicine has given us a wide variety of surgical options to treat scars; the best choice will need to be decided on a case-by-case basis in consultation with your reconstructive surgeon. The surgical treatment may include skin grafts, excision, dermabrasion, or laser surgery.
     
  • Injections. For scars that stick out, a steroid injection may be used. This may be used in combination of other forms of treatment.

 

Being a victim of a dog bite does means you may have a cause of action against the pet owner whose failure to control his animal makes him responsible for your inquires. As a dog bite victim, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal options, call a Green Bay dig bite attorney at 800-800-5678 today.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham