The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports1 that about 4.5 million dogs bite humans in the United States on an annual basis. While some dog bites are simply frightening, others can leave victims with severe injuries including torn tendons or muscles, puncture wounds, lacerations, and fractures, among others. In a particularly serious dog attack, a victim may require several surgeries and still may face the rest of their life with disfiguring scars.
Whether you need wound care for your dog bite or reconstructive surgery, you should always seek medical attention for infection prevention after a dog bite. The question then commonly arises: who can be held liable for the costs of treatment and your other injury-related losses?