Dog Bites

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A dog bite can be terrifying and it can result in serious injuries. This is especially true where children are involved, and experts say that most victims of dog bites are children under 12 years of age that get bitten on the face. Dog bites may result in one or more of the following injuries:

Victims of dog bite injuries to the face, especially children, should be examined for nerve damage and facial fractures. While the incidence of facial fractures from dog bite injuries is statistically low, physicians should not exclude the possibility of fractures resulting from dog attacks. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons, "When Dogs Attack: Report illustrates the Importance of Examining Dog Bite Victims for Facial Fractures," Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2002.) According to this article:

  • In an overview of 16 dog bite cases, there were 27 facial fractures, with 87 percent of the cases occurring in children under the age of 16. Sixty-nine percent of the cases involved fractures of bones around the eye, the nose, or the jaw. 
  • To rule out facial fractures, the authors agree that victims should undergo a computed tomographic (CT) scan in cases with a high degree of suspicion (i.e. when large breed dogs capable of crush-type injuries are involved).

Not only can dog bite injuries lead to painful lacerations and puncture wounds, nerve damage, fractures, serious infections, disability, and deformity, but death can occur as well. Between 1989 and 1994, 109 bite-related fatalities were reported, and 57 percent were in children younger than 10 years old. [Sacks JJ, Lockwood R, Hornreich J, Sattin RW. Fatal dog attacks, 1989-1994. Pediatrics 1996;97(6 Pt 1): 891-5.]

Death can result from infection. For example, C canimorsus infections are very rare but can be very dangerous. They can result in fever, malaise, myalgia, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dyspnea, confusion, headache, and skin rash. Disseminated intravascular coagulation develops in many patients. (J Blackman, MD, "Man's Best Friend?", J Am Board Fam Pract 11(2):167-169, 1998.)

If you have been injured by a dog bite, you should know that Minnesota’s dog-bite statute provides for strict liability and it is one of the most favorable statutes in the country for dog bite victims. It applies to the owner of the dog and the person keeping the dog at the time of the bite. We have helped clients recover compensation for dog bite injuries and we would welcome the opportunity to provide you a free legal consultation.

If you have been injured by a dog, please call our Minneapolis Personal Injury Accident Lawyers - Attorneys now at 612.339.3852 for a free legal consultation.

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Rick L. Petry - Injury Attorney
Petry Law, PA.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
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