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December 29, 2021

What are the Common Signs of Dog Bite Injury?

When a dog is in a state of excitement or is trying to protect its food, it may become overstimulated and bite. A bite from a dog can lead to serious consequences, such as infection and bone fractures. This is why it is important to know the signs of dog bite injuries before they happen. These signs will help you identify when a dog might attack and provide you with a chance to take precautionary measures.

There are many signs that an individual may exhibit after being bitten by a dog. 

These include: 

  • swelling around the wound
  • discoloration of the skin near the wound
  • fever or chills
  • fatigue or chilliness from injury-related shock that manifests as shivering or shaking

How to Prevent a Dog Bite from Happening? ˗

Since the majority of dog bites happen on the owner's property, it is important to be proactive. At Ribowsky Law we have helped lots of clients in NY after a dog bite injury, here are some steps that people  can take to prevent dog bites from happening based on our experience:

1) Teach children not to approach a dog without an adult present.

2) Establish a "safe word" with children and dogs, so that if a child feels threatened, they can use the word and the dog will back away.

3) Always supervise children when interacting with a dog. Avoid situations where you cannot see what is happening between your child and the dog.

4) If your dog is showing signs of aggression or fearfulness, seek out professional help from a certified behaviorist or trainer as soon as possible. The sooner you start working with your pet, the better!

What Should You Do Immediately After a Dog Bite? ˗ What Makes the Difference Between Life and Death?

A dog bite is traumatic, painful, and can be dangerous. The pain can linger long after the incident. If your dog bites you, it’s important to treat the wound quickly in order to avoid infection and other complications.

If you or your kids are bitten by a dog, then the first thing that you should do is call a doctor or go to the emergency room if the bite is severe.

What you need to do:

The first thing that you should do in order to treat a dog bite is to wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. This will help remove dirt, bacteria, and foreign particles that may be inside of the wound.

Next, use gauze or a clean cloth to cover up any open wounds so they don't get infected or spread bacteria elsewhere on your body. A bandage will also help prevent major bleeding

You can also apply ice packs to the wound to reduce swelling and pain. You should try and stop the bleeding and keep ice on it to prevent swelling until you arrive at the doctor.

Once you are sure the injury is stable you should call a local dog bite injury lawyer. If the owner of the dog was negligent and proper precautions were not taken you might have a lawsuit to get compensation for the injury and medical bills.

Michael Ribowsky is a Queens personal injury attorney and is here to help. Speak with us today to get started on your case and get the compensation you deserve.

Ribowsky Law 12 Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill, Queens, NY 11418, (718) 659-5333 https://www.mrinjurylawyerny.com/

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