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  • Writer's picturePhillip Strozier

What Type of Injury Is a Dog Bite?

While dogs are considered man's best friend, they sometimes bite. While many types of dog bites may not be serious, some can cause a lot of damage. A bite that tears the skin and underlying tissue may cause a disfiguring scar or may become infected. A bite to a digit like one of the fingers or the thumb may cause a crush injury that takes months to heal. If you've been injured by a dog bite, the smart thing to do is to consult with a Kansas City, Missouri dog bite lawyer as soon as possible.

Levels of Dog Bites

Dogs do not bite people unless they have a reason. Dog bites have been categorized into six levels according to their seriousness and the dog's reason for biting by Dr. Ian Dunbar, a veterinarian and animal behavior expert. These levels range from the least serious, or Level 1, which shows dog aggression but in which there is no skin contact, to the most serious, or Level 6, in which the bite is fatal. Most dog bites fall into the Level 1 category and bites in all of the other categories are rare. However, under the right circumstances, a dog may give a person a severe bite that causes harm.

Types of Dog Bite Wounds

For any type of dog bite wound that breaks the skin, the victim should be asked about when he/she last had a tetanus shot. Dog bites are often dirty either because the dog has been in contact with dirty material or because of the flora and bacteria that exists on the victim's skin. The risk of infection from any dog bite wound is very high. Dog bites can be puncture wounds, avulsion (tearing) lacerations, or even wounds with bone fractures. Any dog bite should be medically evaluated, no matter how minor.

Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Kansas City, Missouri Dog Bite Lawyer Today

If you have been injured by a dog bite, call to schedule a free consultation with a Kansas City, Missouri dog bite lawyer today. The skilled legal professionals at the PK Law Group will work hard to defend your rights and get you the compensation you need. Visit our web page at or give us a call (816) 929-8777 and talk to one of our friendly staff. We serve Kansas City, Missouri and surrounding areas. Our experienced legal staff will give you advice you can rely on.

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