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Animals that are kept as pets should be well-trained so as not to pose a risk to other people’s safety. However, some pet owners do not train their aggressive animals, and when you come into contact with these, you may be left with permanent physical—and mental—damage.

Pet owners should be responsible for their animals’ actions. If you or someone you know is injured by an animal bite, you should consult a lawyer about your options. Contact the Springfield personal injury attorneys of Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., today at (417) 855-2022 to discuss your case.

Injuries Caused by Animal Attacks

While many animal bites are small, simple wounds, these injuries can actually cause permanent scarring and damage to your body. Animal bites can give you:

  • Lacerations and gashes that turn into scars
  • Broken bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Tendon damage
  • Infections
  • Diseases such as rabies or cat scratch

Treatment for Animal Bites

Most animal bites are treatable at home. You can clean out the wound with soap and water, and then put an antibacterial ointment and sterile bandage on to help prevent infections. However, if the gash is deep or is on the hand, foot, or head, you should consult a doctor.

One potential problem with animal bites is that deep punctures can hit a blood vessel, which you may not be able to stop bleeding. If you bleed for more than fifteen minutes after an animal bite, you should visit a doctor or emergency room to get stitches.

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