Dog bites account for a surprising amount of deformities in the US. Over $100 million is spent treating dog bites each year and the number keeps growing. Most common are injuries from a dog bite to the face, and treatments range from cleaning the wound and bandaging to extensive reconstructive surgery. Unfortunately, if the latter is the case, a scar or scars will remain, but with the help of plastic surgery, the appearance can be reduced dramatically. If this has happened to you or your child, you should consult with a Boston dog bite lawyer for a bite to the face.
If you or your child is bitten by a dog, and if the wound is open, you must seek immediate medical attention. Then watch for signs of infection. Symptoms include redness, swelling, streaks of red and fever. Contact a doctor immediately if these symptoms appear. If the bite is serious, then the victim should look into plastic surgery options. Many times, a bite is so deep that nerves, tissue and bone become damaged, resulting in a deformity. A plastic surgeon can analyze the damage and put forth a plan to graft the deformed skin and reattach blood vessels if needed.
Parker Scheer has represented numerous adults and children injured by dogs, involving claims for facial scarring and disfigurement, near amputation of fingers, psychological trauma, and other related injuries and losses.
Early plastic surgery can be a victim’s best option, since many insurance companies do not cover surgeries for revision of dog bite scars. They consider them to be “cosmetic” instead of a necessary medical treatment. The amount of surgery needed to receive optimal results will vary. Some patients may only require one or two surgeries while others may have to have reconstruction for years down the line. In the future, the dog bite victim may want to look into sanding or fine repairs to scar tissue to improve her/his appearance. This is why it is best to speak with a Boston dog bite lawyer to help achieve a dog bite settlement.
Cases handled by Parker Scheer involving serious injuries caused by dogs have resulted in substantial recoveries for our clients. Before selecting a law firm to handle your case, take a moment to review the facts with a Parker Scheer trial lawyer experienced in the area of animal attack-related injuries. There is never a fee charged for an initial consultation, and all information will be kept strictly confidential.