Dog bites can result in severe injuries that may last a lifetime. With 4.5 million dog bite incidents occurring annually, understanding the potential consequences, especially nerve damage, is critical. If you or a loved one has been bitten, recognize the symptoms and types of nerve damage and seek legal help.
Types of dog bite nerve damage
When a dog’s sharp teeth and powerful jaws penetrate human skin, the risk of nerve damage increases. Nerve damage can range from mild to severe. There are three main types of nerve damage resulting from dog bites:
- Neurapraxia: This occurs when the nerve gets stretched, damaging the myelin sheath, an insulator allowing electrical signals to move through nerves. Victims may experience numbness or sensations like stinging or burning. Most cases of neurapraxia heal without intensive medical intervention.
- Axonotmesis: This is a more severe form where both the myelin sheath and the axons of the nerve are damaged, often due to stretching. Victims may suffer sensory issues, loss of motor function, weakness or pain. Although recovery is possible without the nerve being completely severed, it might take several months to years.
- Neurotmesis: The is the most severe type, where the nerve is entirely severed. Victims will experience pain, abnormal sensations and loss of both motor and sensory functions. Surgical intervention is necessary, and even then, a full recovery might not be possible. Pain medications and splinting might be recommended pre-surgery.
What to do when you suffer dog bite nerve damage
Victims of dog bites may face not only physical trauma but also the stress of medical bills, lost wages and an altered lifestyle. Here’s what to do:
- Seek medical attention: Visit urgent care or the emergency room immediately. Even if you don’t suffer from nerve damage, it’s important to treat the wound to prevent scarring and infection whenever possible.
- Document everything: Keep records of medical appointments, treatment plans, medical bills, prescriptions and any other related documents. Take photos of your injuries, and keep a pain journal to record changes in your condition.
- Consult a lawyer: Call the Law Offices of Tim Misny to learn more about your legal options. We’ll review your claim and help you navigate the legal process, from negotiating with insurance companies to filing a claim in court.
If you or a loved one has experienced nerve damage from a dog bite, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention and call our offices today.
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