A dog bite is a traumatic experience that can cause the victim to sustain serious injuries with long-term complications. A dog bite is not as uncommon as you may believe. In fact, there are nearly five million individuals who are bitten by dogs each year. Over 350,000 of these victims require the attention of a medical professional.
Nerve Damage Can Result From a Dog Bite Injury
One of the common injuries that a dog bite victim may suffer from is nerve damage. Nerve damage is common due to the combination of a dog’s strong jaws and sharp, long teeth that can penetrate deep into the victim.
There are three forms of nerve damage that can result from a dog bite:
- Neurapraxia. This type of nerve damage is the least serious of the three. A victim can usually expect a full recovery. Neurapraxia can cause temporary loss of function for a few hours to a few months.
- Axonotmesis. Axonotmesis occurs when the damaged nerve is stretched. It may result in paralysis. It is likely that the victim will recover from this form of nerve damage, but it may take weeks to years for a full recovery.
- Neurotmesis. This is the most severe form of nerve damage that a dog bite victim may experience. The victim will most likely suffer permanent damage, although it may be possible to accomplish partial recovery.
As a dog bite victim, it is important that you seek compensation for your injuries.
How to Get the Recovery That You Deserve After a Dog Bite Injury
You have the right to recover damages if someone else’s dog caused you to suffer nerve damage or any other type of dog bite injury. However, in order to make a fair recovery you are going to have to take action. You are going to have to negotiate a fair settlement or go to trial, but you don’t have to do these things alone. Instead, you have the right to call an experienced dog bite attorney. Contact us online to schedule a free legal consultation, or call us directly at 1-800-800-5678 to learn more.