When a dog attacks a person, a puncture wound may result. Puncture wounds are typically caused by the dog’s teeth piercing the victim’s skin. While these injuries do not often cause excessive bleeding, they are still dangerous due to the significant risk of infection. For this reason, it is crucial to take the proper steps for treatment after an attack.
Eight Steps Following a Dog Bite Puncture Wound
What should you do if a loved one is attacked and bit by a dog, resulting in a puncture wound? The following is an overview:
- Seek emergency medical assistance, especially in situations where the wound is deep, is in the foot, or has potentially been contaminated by soil or saliva.
- Stop the bleeding by applying gentle pressure with a clean cloth or bandage.
- Clean the wound as much as possible with clean water. It may be necessary to use tweezers to remove any debris that is embedded in the wound.
- Clean the area around the wound with soap and a clean cloth.
- Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment after cleaning the wound.
- Keep the wound covered in order to reduce the risk of harmful bacteria from getting inside.
- If medical treatment is delayed for any reason, change the bandage regularly.
- Even after obtaining treatment, keep an eye out for signs of infection.
Victims of dog bite attacks may be entitled to compensation for their puncture wound injuries. We are pleased to offer a free, no-obligation case analysis for victims to determine whether legal action may be in their best interest. Call us today at 470-819-2273 for more information.