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South Dakota Dog Bites Can Cause Serious Infections

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Dog bites can cause serious infections in humans—infections which require immediate medical attention and treatment. If an infection occurs from a dog bite, usually it is a bacterial infection. However, the most commonly-known dog bite infection is rabies; a viral infection which impacts the nervous system.

If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important to know the most common infections and the associated symptoms. It also is important to seek immediate medical treatment if you believe the bite has caused an infection.

Our South Dakota personal injury attorney describes common infections caused by dog bites:

  • Pasteurellosis Infection: This is the most common infection and causes significant pain, swelling and redness at the site of the dog bite. Symptoms occur within 12 hours and can cause permanent damage if the infection spreads to the muscles and tendons. Antibiotics are required to treat this personal injury.
  • Streptococcal Infection: This infection causes pain, swelling and redness within 24 hours of the bite, as well as the commonly known “strep throat.” Antibiotics are used to treat this bacterial infection.
  • Staphylococcal Infection: This bacterial infection is commonly known as staph infection and occurs in approximately 20 percent of all dog bites. The symptoms include swelling, pain and redness. If this infection goes untreated, there can be permanent skin damage.
  • Rabies: This infection can be fatal if untreated before the infection takes over the body. Rabies can cause paralysis, hallucinations, coma, and seizures.

At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, our Sioux Falls personal injury lawyers take dog bites seriously. If you have been bitten by a dog, seek immediate medical treatment. Then, call our Sioux Falls or Parker office at (888) 733-2992 to speak with our experienced personal injury lawyers about your case.

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