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Types of Scarring After a Dog Bite Attack

Being attacked by an animal is one of the most frightening experiences that a person can endure. Unfortunately, long after the attack takes place, victims may be left with a permanent, visual reminder of the incident in the form of a scar. Scars come in different forms and are often difficult and expensive to remove. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Different Types of Scars After a Dog Bite Attack

If you were attacked by a dog or other animal, you may be left with a scar. There are two main types of scars that can form. The following is an overview:

Keloid Scars

Since steps can be taken to prevent keloid scars from forming during the healing process, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the attack. Keloid scars often rise, tending to exceed the size of the original injury. Keloid scars can impact the mobility of the area surrounding it. Whether your dog bite injury will result in a keloid scar has a lot to do with genetics. Some people are predisposed to this type of scarring. People of African and Asian descent are also more likely to form a keloid scar. Treatment for keloid scars often involves cryotherapy, surgery, or steroid injections.

Hypertrophic Scars

Similar to keloid scars, hypertrophic scars are raised and are also red. This type of scar, however, is less disfiguring than a keloid scar. Hypertrophic scars are often treated using steroid injections or silicone sheets. In some cases, a laser therapy treatment may be used to minimize the visibility of the scar.

Obtaining compensation after a dog bite attack can help offset the costs of treating scars. Georgia law imposes strict time limitations on when you can file a claim as a result of an attack. It is therefore critical to take action quickly. We are here when you are ready—initiate an easy, online chat directly from our website, at anytime that is convenient for you!