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How to Treat a Dog Bite in South Dakota

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Not only are dog bites physically painful, but they also can result in a cause of action against a dog owner. Even owners who think their dogs are safe and friendly can get a big surprise if their four-legged friend randomly attacks or bites another. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, seek medical treatment right away. You also may want to call a Sioux Falls dog bite lawyer because you may have a claim against another.

Usually, dog bites can be treated at home by:

  • Washing the bite with soap and water
  • Stopping the bleeding by putting pressure on the bite area
  • Bandaging the injury
  • Using antibiotic ointment on the injury daily to prevent an infection

If the bite wound appears to be more than a superficial cut, the dog may have damaged muscles, tendons, or nerves. You will need to see a doctor immediately for treatment. The doctor will:

  • Clean the bite area
  • Remove dirt and bacteria
  • Remove dead tissue
  • Give you a tetanus shot if there is a possibility the dog has rabies

At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, we want to speak with you if you have been bitten by a dog, even if you think the bite is simply a minor wound. Our South Dakota personal injury lawyers know that a minor bite can have future repercussions, such as the risk of scarring or infection.

Call our office at (888) 733-2992 to speak with a Sioux Falls personal injury attorney about your injury. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, so be sure to call us today.

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