Dog Bite Injuries Can Leave Physical and Psychological Scars

If a dog bites you in South Carolina, the law is on your side. In most instances, the dog's owner - as well as his/her insurance company - will be responsible for your medical bills and other losses. Holding the owner responsible for the injuries caused by his/her dog is important, especially considering the number of bites that occur each year.

The most common injuries sustained are to the arm/hand (45.3%), leg/foot (25.8%), and head/neck (22.8%). 

Dog bites may result in one or more of the following injuries:

  • Fractured bones
  • Cuts
  • Scars
  • Punctures
  • Bruises; and
  • Infections

​​According to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, large dogs can exert more than 450 pounds of pressure per square inch. Since their teeth are dull, the wounds inflicted usually involve crushed tissue and lacerations rather than puncture wounds. However, the injured tissue may be susceptible to infection. An article on MedicineNet.com states that each year, more than 30,000 dog bite victims undergo reconstructive surgery.

In addition to physical harm, many dog bite victims suffer from psychological injuries.

Psychological injuries include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobia;
  • PTSD

If you or your loved one has been a victim of a dog bite, consider speaking with an attorney and learning more about your options before signing any insurance papers. As a Lexington, SC lawyer for dog bite victims, I would be honored to answer any questions you may have. For answers, call me today at 803-790-2800.