Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Victims of Dog Bites Need To Consider All Treatment Options

There are few things more terrifying than staring down the jaws of a large, angry, vicious dog. Except maybe looking in the mirror after a violent attack and not recognizing the person staring back. Every year an average of 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog, often a neighbor or family member’s pet.

After a dog bite, the most important step is to make sure the victim is not at risk for rabies, and all nerve, vascular and motor function is present. Often dog bites can leave not just scarring, but damage underneath the skin in the muscles as well. Additionally, it is important to watch for infection at the bite wound site since dog bites can push bacteria deep into the tissue, and the majority of dog bites do get infected. Once the fear of rabies or infection has passed, a dog bite attack victim can be faced with a world in which they no longer look the same.

But rather than accept that a senseless, violent attack can change the way they look and feel in a matter of seconds, it’s important for victims of dog bites to know all the options that are available, reconstructive surgery being one of them. There are doctors that specialize in facial reconstruction surgery, and even experts specifically treating dog bites.

Healing from the psychological trauma can be difficult, and can be helped along by reconstructive surgery that helps reduce scars. Often, the first reconstructive surgery done after an attack is the most important as a skilled doctor can help minimize scarring. Should there be subsequent surgeries needed, how the scar was treated in the first surgery can have a lasting effect. There are many techniques doctors can use including traditional sutures to state-of-the-art lasers. In these medically advanced times, doctors can rebuild noses and help dog bite victims regain their former looks.

Being open to reconstructive surgery after a dog bite can help the victim to live their life to the fullest. The above information was shared by Chicago dog bite lawyer, Jonathan Rosenfeld. Jonathan's office, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has experience handling all types of dog bite and dog attack related injuries.  


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