According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, there are 4.5 million dog bites a year.1 These bite incidents will leave victims with wounds. Some wounds will require stitches and emergency room care.
While wounds from a dog bites are of primary concern, many people do not realize that dog bites present a substantial risk of infection and disease. The CDC estimates that 18% of dog bites become infected and lead to disease.
There have been more than 60 types of bacteria found in the mouths of dogs. Only some of these can make humans sick. In addition to being compensated for their injuries from dog bite wounds, victims can also be compensated for their injuries associated with diseases caused by bites.
Types of Diseases Caused by Dog Bites
- Pasteurella. This bacteria is present in over half infected dog bite wounds. Signs this bacteria is present are a painful, red infection at the wound site, swollen glands, joint swelling and difficulty moving.
- Rabies. This is the most serious disease someone can contract from getting bitten by a dog. Rabies is spread through the saliva of the dog. Rabies is almost always fatal because it affects the brain.
- Capnocytophaga spp. are bacteria that live in the mouths of dogs but do not make dogs sick. People with a weakened immune system who are bitten have a greater risk of becoming sick.
- MRSA. MRSA is a type of Staph infection that is resistant to many types of antibiotics. MRSA can cause skin, lung, and urinary tract infections. MRSA can be life-threatening.
- Tetanus. This toxin can cause rigid paralysis in dog bite victims with deep wounds.
Compensation for Dog Bite Victims
Contracting a disease or bacterial infection from a dog bite is another injury that dog bite victim can be compensated for. Under Illinois law,2 if a dog bites you and the dog was not provoked, the owner is almost always liable. It does not matter if the dog has ever bitten before or is known to be dangerous.
Contact a Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, meeting with an attorney will ensure that your rights are protected. The Illinois personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. will be able to provide a thorough assessment of your case. Call the Illinois dog bite attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. for a free initial consultation.