New Yorkers know that there are a few things more terrifying than getting bitten by a dog. You can be the most ardent dog lover in the world, but a strange dog can still bite you for no reason at all. You should never be that casual with any type of dog bite. You don’t know if the dog has passed something on to you that can cause you a serious illness later on.
What are some of the different types of dog bites?
A level one dog bite means that the dog’s teeth didn’t actually touch your skin. A level two dog bite means that the dog’s teeth did touch your skin, but they didn’t break the skin. A level three dog bite means that there are up to four puncture wounds located in the skin, and they’re usually shallow. A level four bite is one where there are one to four punctures that come from a single bite, and one of those punctures is pretty deep. With a level five dog bite, you’re talking about multiple bites that result in deep puncture wounds.
What should you do if you’ve been bitten?
If you suffer a dog bite and there’s no blood, wash the area as quickly as possible with plenty of soap and water. If there’s bleeding, apply pressure to the area for about five minutes. You may be able to reduce the likelihood of infection if you continue to flush the area with clean water.
Level one to three bites are probably easy to manage at home but check with your doctor regardless. If the dog bites came from a stray dog, get to the doctor as soon as you can. For level four and five bites, you’re dealing with much more serious wounds that will require immediate medical attention to care for the injury.
What should someone do if they need legal advice regarding dog bites?
People who suffer a dog bite may benefit from working with attorneys who deal with this type of injury. They may be able to help you with issues like compensation for your injuries or obtaining medical information about the dog that bit you.