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  • I was bitten by a dog while in Wausau to visit a friend. Do I need to see a doctor?

    There are several factors that determine whether a person should seek medical attention after a Wisconsin dog bite. Our Wausau injury attorneys suggest seeking medical attention if any of the following conditions apply:

    • The person who was bitten is a child.
    • The skin is broken.
    • There is pain at or near the location of the bite. This indicates that structures under the skin may be damaged. Serious injuries are possible even if the skin is not broken.
    • The dog is a stray, or the owner of the dog cannot be found.
    • The dog has not been vaccinated for rabies or the dog’s vaccination status is unknown.
    • It has been more than ten years since your last booster shot.

    The doctor will clean the wound and, if needed, will treat the damage to the skin and the underlying muscle, nerve or bone. If appropriate, he will prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection and administer tetanus and rabies vaccines. He will write referrals to specialists who can provide further treatment.

    If the skin is not disturbed and there is no lasting pain at the site, wash the wound thoroughly. If you choose not to seek medical attention, watch for signs of infection, including: redness, warmth, pain, swelling, discoloration, or drainage of fluid. If there are any signs of infection, call the doctor right away.

    A dog bite is a serious injury. When in doubt get medical attention.

    Worried about paying your medical bills? The Wisconsin personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham help victims of dog bites in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa get fair compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses related to the dog bite. The dog bite is not your fault and you shouldn’t have to pay. To learn more, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • My daughter was bitten by a dog in Appleton. Will she need to get shots to prevent rabies?

    When a child is bitten by a dog, it is a good idea to seek medical attention. The doctor will be able to clean the bite and will determine if your daughter needs antibiotics or vaccines. There are two types of vaccines that are commonly administered after a Wisconsin dog bite.

    Tetanus Vaccine

    Tetanus, or lockjaw, is a type of infection that is caused by the bacteria, Clostridium tetani. C. tetani is found in soil, in dust, and virtually everywhere. In the body, C. tetani produces a toxic substance that affects the brain and the nervous system. The most common symptom is stiff jaw muscles, but other muscles can also be affected. Severe tetanus infections can cause severe muscle spasms and serious breathing problems. Tetanus is often fatal.

    If your child has had at least four doses of the DTaP vaccine and the last shot was within five years, your child will not need another dose of DTaP. If your child has had had three or fewer doses of DTaP, or it has been more than five years since the last dose, she will need a tetanus booster shot. Side effects are rare and may include fever, redness, soreness, and swelling.

    Rabies Vaccine

    Most dogs in the United States are vaccinated against rabies, so rabies is not normally a concern. However, if your child is bitten by a dog and you are not sure if the dog has had a rabies vaccine, you should contact your pediatrician. If the dog has not been vaccinated or cannot be identified, your child will need to receive a Rabies Immune Globulin and a rabies vaccine within 48 hours of being bitten. Additional doses will be needed if the dog tests positive for rabies.

    Rabies is a serious disease that affects the nervous system. People infected with rabies may behave oddly, act hostile, experience hallucinations, and suffer drooling, muscle spasms, convulsions, and loss of muscle function. Rabies is often fatal. Although rabies shots are painful, there are few side effects.

    No child should have to suffer from a dog bite or from the painful aftermath. If your child was bitten by a dog in Wisconsin, our Appleton injury lawyers can help you get accountability. Contact Hupy and Abraham at (800) 800-5678 to learn more.

  • What are some Wisconsin dog bite statistics?

    Wisconsin residents love their furry four-legged friends. Dogs tend to become more then pets—almost like family members. They are companions and friends. They are loyal, loving, and obedient. This is the case for most of the dog owners in Wisconsin.

    There are certain times when dogs break from their usual temperaments and bite. Whether the dog is a stranger, stray, old, or a family pet, a bite should not be taken lightly. Dog bites can be serious. Often, infection sets in after a dog bite.

    Dog bite statistics show some interesting facts. Some of the statistics relating to dog bites in Wisconsin are:

    • Most commonly bitten. Children between the ages of five and nine are the most frequent dog bite victims. Children are also more likely than adults to be injured by a dog bite. This is most likely due to the fact that children don’t know how to fend off an attack.
    • Number of bites. In the United States, there are an estimated 4.7 million dog bites every year. Over 800,000 of these bites resulted in the victim requiring medical treatment. Seventy one percent of dog bites occur to the limbs (arms, legs, hands and feet).
    • Fatalities. Approximately 92 percent of fatal dog attacks involve male dogs. Of the 92 percent, 94 percent were not neutered. Chained dogs are involved in 25 percent of fatal dog attacks.

    Have you been bitten by a dog? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Wisconsin dog bite lawyer at Hupy and Abraham to find out your legal options. Call 800-800-5678 for a free case evaluation.