Animal bites can inflict many injuries including:
- Bruising and cuts
- Muscle lacerations
- Emotional trauma
Capnocytophaga is just one of the infections dogs and cats alike can inflict on bite victims. When you have been bitten by a domesticated animal you sustain injuries and you have the right to obtain compensation for those injuries. A knowledgeable Illinois and Wisconsin dog bite injury lawyer can examine your case and provide you legal pathways to obtain compensation for your damages.
Symptoms Of Capnocytophaga
There are many infections one can obtain from a dog or cat bite wound. One is Capnocytophaga. Capnocytophaga can be serious and symptoms include:
- Bite wound blisters that develop quickly. Within hours of a bite, blisters around the area bitten develop
- Redness, swelling, draining pus, as well as pain at the bite wound occurs
- Diarrhea and stomach pain
- Headache and/or confusion
- Muscle or joint pain
It doesn’t take too long for victims to experience symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that both illness and signs only take 3 to 5 days to develop. In some cases, it can show signs in 14 days after a bite. The infection comes when there is an interaction with an infected animal’s saliva.
Complications Of A Capnocytophaga Infection
Not only is there physical pain at the site of the bite, but there can also be complications within the body that are serious. Heart attack, kidney failure, and gangrene are some of these negative health outcomes. There have been cases where individuals have had to have appendages and digits amputated as a result of an infection from Capnocytophaga.
Additionally, this infection doesn’t just cause serious health failures, it also can cause death. Approximately one-third of all individuals that have a severe infection of Capnocytophaga die. How does this happen? A Capnocytophaga infection can develop rapidly in the body. If the infection turns into sepsis, after which, it doesn’t take long for death to come. Death can result in as little as 24 hours after you experience symptoms if it has progressed to sepsis.
Sepsis occurs when the body is unable to unleash the right chemicals into the bloodstream to fight off an infection. Sepsis progression will lead to what is known as sepsis shock. When this happens the body’s blood pressure declines significantly and death results.
Have You Been Bitten By A Dog Or Cat And Need A Dog Bite Lawyer?
If you have been by an animal, you need to clean the wound immediately if you can. Use soap and water, and then after you have washed it contact your doctor. Not only can these bites cause you to be infected with Capnocytophaga, but you also risk being infected with rabies.
No one should be in fear of other’s pets. The Janesville personal injury lawyers at the Alexander J. Smith Law Offices are knowledgeable about how the state’s legislature treats liability and damages for dog bite victims. You deserve to be compensated for your damages and injuries when you have sustained a bite wound from another party’s animal. We will help you see your legal justice and obtain the highest amount of compensation for your trauma. Call us today to set up a free consultation at (608) 237-7035 for residents of Wisconsin or (815) 2439686 for residents of Illinois. One of our highly knowledgeable Wisconsin and Illinois dog bite personal injury attorneys will help you with your personal injury claim.