Dog bites can cause serious nerve damage to victims. Some dog owners do not take necessary precautions to protect their neighbors, friends and loved ones from the dangerous propensities of a dog. Even the most peaceful dogs can have a moment in which they lash out and bite a human. It is important for dog owners to be extremely cautious when taking a dog out into the public and to notice any warning signs that a dog may be prone to biting individuals. In addition, dog bite victims should be aware of the nerve damage that occurs when they receive a bite, particularly to their fingers, hands and arms
The initial danger that individuals face after receiving a dog bite is the pain from a severe laceration. Individuals may also be at risk for developing serious scarring after receiving a dog bite. The two types of scars that can result after dog bites are keloid scars or hypertrophic scars.
In addition to making one’s skin appearance unattractive, scarring can also trigger negative emotional memories of the dog bite incident. Scars can be a constant reminder of the trauma that one has experienced. Dog bite victims may suffer from anxiety or long-term depression after they have received a dog bite.
Keloid scars will result when the body attempts to heal itself in an aggressive manner. The skin will develop much thicker than it originally was over the scar, and this will cause the skin to become raised. If one develops a keloid scar, he or she may need to obtain a surgical operation to remove the excess skin. Hypertropic scars are also raised, but they are reddish in color. They do not require invasive surgery, but they may require a laser operation for removal.Types of Nerve Damage Occurring from Dog Bite Attacks
There are other serious forms of nerve damage from dog bite that can result when one is attacked by a dog belonging to a friend or stranger. A dog bite can cause a person to lose sensation in certain parts of the body, and it can also cause one to suffer from impaired use of a limb when nerve signals cannot communicate to the brain. Unable to communicate messages, person with nerve damage from a dog bite may suffer from impaired movement or loss of sensation. Depending on the location of the bite, the damaged nerve may be permanently damaged or surgically repaired. In either case, it is important that a physician examine the wound and assess the damage as early on as possible.
- Neurapraxia: This type of nerve damage results when a body part has been injured or crushed. One may suffer from neurapraxia when his or her arm or finger receives a minor bite from a dog. The damage is not permanent, and one may heal within days or weeks.
- Axonotmesis: This type of nerve damage results when nerves are almost completely crushed by a dog bite. One may be unable to move his or her hand or arm after receiving a dog bite. One may recover within months or years when he or she has axonotmesis.
- Neurotmesis: This type of nerve damage results in permanent loss of nerves. One may be bitten on the arm or hand and never regain motion within these parts of the body. Surgery is unable to help one who suffers from neurotmesis after receiving a dog bite.
When one has sustained nerve damage in a dog bite, there is a risk that he or she may suffer impaired movement or loss of sensation to the limb. Illinois dog bite law affords the victim of a dog bite attack to recover monetary compensation for the related medical expenses, lost wages and permanent impairment related to the bite itself and any subsequent medical complications. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers regularly represents individuals who have sustained serious wounds in dog bite cases– including nerve damage.
Our Chicago dog bite attorneys have represented people from all corners of Illinois in dog bite claims and lawsuits. All of our dog bite cases are handled on a contingency fee basis where we only charge a fee when there is a recovery for you. Contact us anytime to discuss your Illinois dog attack case with leaders in the field of canine law.