Being bitten by a dog in Milwaukee can be a traumatic event. Dogs are extremely strong with very sharp teeth that can do a lot of damage. Many times the bite will lead to the victim needing to seek medical treatment. In fact, there are over 800,000 dog bites in the United States that require the victim to seek medical care.
A dog’s mouth and saliva harbor a large amount of bacteria. With nearly all dog bites, some sort of harmful bacteria and other pathogens are present and can be transmitted to the victim. After being bitten by a dog, it is important to recognize the signs of infection.
Some of the signs that an infection might be setting in after a Milwaukee dog bite are:
1. Inflammation. The most common sign of an infection setting in from a dog bite is inflammation. This usually begins to occur from 8 to 24 hours after the victim has been bitten by the dog.
2. Warm skin. An infection can cause the skin around the puncture wound to become warm to the touch.
3. Redness. The skin around the bite may become red as the infection develops. There may also be red streaks running up the arm or leg from the wound toward the center of the body.
4. Discharge The victim may notice the wound oozing pus or a whitish discharge. The discharge is caused by an infection.
5. Fever. As the body tries to fight of infection, the body will increase its body temperature. This will be noticed as the victim will develop a fever.
An infection caused by a dog bite can develop into a serious problem for the victim. Long term complications may arise if not properly treated by a medical professional.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite, it is important that you seek legal action to recover damages you incurred. To discuss your legal options with an experienced Wisconsin dog bite attorney, contact Hupy and Abraham today. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.