Dog with muzzle after he bit someone and they contracted cellulitus

Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection. You can contract the infection when a tear in your skin allows the bacteria inside. That includes dog bites. Every time a person suffers a penetrative dog bite, they risk possible contraction of cellulitis. 

With that in mind, if you’ve suffered a dog bite injury resulting in cellulitis or other significant injuries, it’s in your best interest to contact a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be eligible to pursue maximum damages for your injuries. 

Continue reading to learn more about cellulitis caused by dog bites and what you should do about it. 

How Do You Get Cellulitis From a Dog Bite?

A dog’s mouth is filled with capnocytophaga germs. When these types of germs enter your body via a dog bite, it can cause catastrophic health issues. If a dog attack results in skin tears, it’s essential to seek the help of a qualified medical professional immediately. 

That’s especially true for individuals with certain autoimmune diseases (i.e., HIV, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.), cancers, or addiction issues. Even if the initial dog bite doesn’t cause cellulitis, improper aftercare of the wound can. 

What Does Cellulitis From a Dog Bite Look Like? 

It can be difficult for the average person to diagnose cellulitis caused by a dog bite on their own. Generally, doctors look for the following signs when diagnosing cellulitis, but are not limited to: 

  • Skin redness around the dig bite area
  • Swelling 
  • Leaky fluid from the bite site 
  • Fever 
  • Chills 
  • Especially sensitive and painful areas around the dog bite wound 

Untreated cellulitis can lead to more severe medical conditions, up to life-threatening. If you are experiencing some or all of the symptoms listed above, it’s recommended that you seek medical help immediately. Continue reading to learn who pays for your dog bite injury. 

Who Pays For Your Dog Bite Injury? 

There are more dog bites in California than in any other state. With that in mind, CA is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. That means that a dog’s owner is responsible for dog bites and dog bite injuries (regardless of how many times the dog has attacked someone). 

Depending on the severity of your dog bite injury, and many other factors, you can potentially recover the following damages, but are not limited to: 

  • Medical bills
  • Cost of rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Lost income 

If you’ve suffered catastrophic dog bite injuries, it’s in your best interest to consult with a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. Learn how the attorneys at Steinberg Injury Lawyers can help below. 

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer Today

If a dog in California has injured you, your child, or a loved one, we can help. Our dog bite lawyers are compassionate, inquisitive, and prepared to relentlessly pursue maximum compensation for your dog bite injuries. Contact us today at 1-800-350-8888 to speak with a dog bite lawyer you can trust. 

Peter Steinberg
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