You thought the worst was behind you. The sound of your child screaming from the pain of a dog bite or the horror of receiving the phone call telling you to get to the hospital as soon as possible because your child had been mauled by a dog will never be forgotten. You thought everything would begin to get better once your child’s pain and immediate medical needs were met.
You Didn’t Count on a Dangerous Infection
Now as you sit by your child’s bedside, you may worry about whether he will have to have the infected limb amputated or worse; you are afraid he may lose his life. You may feel helpless, but there are things that you can do to help your child recover and get back to the things he enjoys. You can, for example:
- Be aggressive with his medical care. If you do not see a quick improvement in his health, then seek a second opinion. Ask for a referral to an infectious disease doctor or other specialist. Your child’s health and life are at risk for as long as the infection is in his body. Accordingly, this is not the time to take a wait-and-see approach.
- Be aware of his emotional needs. This is particularly important as your child recovers from the infection and if there are any lasting effects from the infection. Your child may need professional help to move on with his life and to get over the pain and fear of his dog bite injury and infection.
- Protect your child’s legal rights. Your child may be able to recover damages for all the harm that has been caused by the dog bite. This could include compensation for medical expenses, long-term health consequences of the infection, disfigurement, and other damages.
Don’t wait another day to begin protecting your child’s future. Instead, talk to your child’s doctor and contact us via this website to take actions today that could protect your child tomorrow and for the rest of his life.