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How Much Damage Can a Dog Bite Cause?

Joanow Legal Group Aug. 24, 2019

In Pennsylvania, there are laws that hold an owner responsible if their dog attacks and bites someone. If you are bitten by a dog, the compensation may be necessary. We at Joanow Legal Group will highlight the true damage a dog bite can do.

First, there are short-term physical costs. This includes things like stitches, doctor treatment, painkillers, and antibiotic ointment. If the injury is particularly severe, you may also need to pay for emergency treatment costs, as well as the ambulance ride. Some people may even have to cover reconstructive surgery costs.

Next, there are long-term physical costs. Some bites are severe enough that the damage requires extensive physical therapy, heavy-duty antibiotics, or the extended use of painkillers. You may have to take time off of work as well, which can cost you missing paychecks. Particularly severe attacks may even leave a person disabled to the point that they can no longer continue their previous line of work.

Finally, there are mental and emotional costs. Many people who suffer from dog attacks are left with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or other mental health problems. These issues may improve after the use of medication or seeing a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. However, these services can all be costly, especially if you have to see them for a while.

If you have been attacked by a dog and suffered from bite-related wounds in the aftermath, you may want to take a look at our web page handling matters of personal injury, linked here.