The larynx, or voice box, can be hurt in a couple of different ways during a dog attack. The injury may occur if the victim falls to the ground or is hit in the neck, for example. Sometimes it can be hard to tell exactly what part of the dog attack caused the injury, but regardless of whether it was a fall or direct blow to the neck, it is important to recognize the symptoms of a serious injury and how to protect your recovery.
Signs and Symptoms of a Larynx Injury
You may not know that you or your child has suffered a crushed or broken larynx immediately after a dog attack. However, according to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, it is important to see a doctor to be evaluated for laryngeal trauma if—after a fall or other incident—a person has…
- Difficulty speaking or making sounds.
- A change in how his voice sounds.
- Noisy breathing.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Neck pain including pain when coughing or swallowing.
- Bruising or swelling of the neck.
- Blood coming up when he coughs.
If you experience any of these symptoms after a dog attack, then you should seek immediate medical attention. Doctors may use touch, CT scans, and other tests to diagnose a larynx injury. Treatment for a larynx injury could include procedures and surgeries to make sure that you can breathe immediately and to repair the damage that has been done. Speech therapy may be necessary after the immediate medical treatment is provided.
How to Protect Your Recovery After a Larynx Injury
The medical bills, lost time from work, out-of-pocket costs, pain and suffering that result from a larynx injury can be significant. The dog owner, or that owner’s insurer, may be responsible for paying for all of your damages. To find out more about how to get the damages that you deserve, please read our FREE dog bite brochure and contact an experienced dog bite lawyer via this website today for a free, no-obligation consultation.