More often than not, people associate dog bites with serious injuries. However, cats are also capable of causing life-threatening and serious injuries to victims. This is because, in many ways, their bites are actually more likely to result in an infection than a minor dog bite. Learn more about the treatment for feline bites, your risk of infection from a cat bite, and your right to pursue fair compensation for your injuries.
Understanding the Danger of a Feline Bite
Initial examination of a feline bite might not seem like a cause for concern, but the very composition of a cat’s teeth are the reason that humans become at risk. Sharp, curved, and long enough to penetrate fairly deep into the skin, a cat’s teeth can transmit bacteria into a bite victim. Yet, the holes are so small, they can quickly scab over and leave the bacteria trapped inside. This can result in an infection in as little as 24 to 48 hours. If left untreated, this infection can spread throughout the body and may even place the life of the victim at risk. As such, feline bite victims should seek medical treatment from a qualified healthcare professional immediately after the bite has occurred.
Treating a Feline Bite
Because feline bite wounds can seal over quickly, victims should immediately rinse the wound under running water. Scrubbing of the wound, disinfectants, and other chemicals should be avoided since they can damage the injured tissue. A mild salt solution may be suitable in some instances, but you should check with your healthcare provider prior to use. An appointment should be made as soon as possible.
When Victims May be Owed Compensation
In the state of Wisconsin, pet owners have a responsibility to protect the public from unnecessary injuries caused by their animal. This applies to cat owners, much in the way it applies to dog owners. Animals that are overly aggressive (have bitten before, tend to be skittish or aggressive, or are otherwise dangerous) should be kept away from others and should not run loose. Failure to adhere to such guidelines could make an owner liable for any damages incurred by the victim.
If you believe that you may be owed compensation for a feline bite, contact Herrling Law Firm Ltd. for assistance. Our Green Bay animal bite injury lawyers will provide you with quality representation, aggressively protect your rights, and fight to pursue the most compensation possible for your situation. Call 920-739-7366 and schedule your personalized consultation to learn more about how we can assist with your case.