Dog Bites and the Risk of Infection

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Many dog bites appear as obvious damage to the skin, but it is extremely important to remember that the underlying tissue can also suffer damage as a result of infection.  The potential for infection from dog bites is extremely high.  Dog bites can inoculate bacteria deep into tissue and, unfortunately, the majority of dog bites do become infected to some degree.  Common bacteria spread through dog bites include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Pasteurella.  Infections, if left untreated, can even seep into the bones, causing what is known as osteomyelitis, which is an inflammation of bone, usually occurring in the legs, arms, and spine.  Additionally, after being bitten by a dog, it is important to find out whether or not the dog is up to date on its rabies immunizations.  In certain cases, it may even become necessary to have rabies shots administered as part of your medical treatment, which can be extremely expensive, even with insurance.  If you have been bitten by a dog in New Jersey, and you have undergone treatment for infection as well as the bite wounds, call David J. Cowhey, the South Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, today on our 24/7 hotline at (609) 513-0627 for a free consultation on your claim.