Pet owners should train their animals and keep them in yards and enclosures where they cannot run away. However, when pets are ill-trained and allowed to roam around neighborhoods, they can attack playing children, people working in their yards, walkers and joggers, and other innocent victims
Animal owners should be held responsible for the actions of their pets. If you or someone you know has been bitten or attacked by a pet, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer about your legal rights. Contact the Danville personal injury attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., today at (217) 443-4343 to discuss your case.
Types of Injuries Caused by Animal Attacks
Even small pets can be much stronger than you may expect. Thus, although some pet bites are only small punctures, others can cause long-lasting damage, such as:
- Deep gashes and lacerations that scar
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Tendon damage
- Diseases like rabies and cat scratch
Additionally, a person who once loved animals may be afraid of them for the rest of his or her life due to an irresponsible pet owner.
Treating Animal Bites
Usually, you can treat an animal bite at home by thoroughly cleaning it with soap and water, putting on antibacterial ointment, then wrapping in sterile bandages. However, if the injury is on the hand, foot, or head, you should consider visiting the doctor’s office.
Additionally, some animal bites can go deep enough that they strike and tear a blood vessel. If your bite bleeds for more than 15 minutes, you should call a physician or visit the emergency room, since you may need stitches.
Animal bites can cause permanent physical and mental damage. To hold pet owners responsible for the actions of their animals, contact the Danville personal injury attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., today by calling (217) 443-4343.