It is never an easy thing to deal with a family member’s death, but when it happens suddenly after a minor dog bite, it is even more difficult. As dog bite attorneys, we are here to help you get through these tough times and cope with the financial and emotional burdens you now face.
The Seattle Times reported that one family is dealing with a difficult situation after a member was bit by a dog in a park. At the time it seemed to be a minor bite, but it drew blood and the next day he went to the hospital with pain in his leg where doctors found he was infected with Capnocytophaga canimorsus sepsis, something commonly carried in the saliva of dogs and cats. He died a little over a week later from the infection, which is said to be very painful.
One can contract Capnocytophaga canimorsus sepsis from dog or cat bites and scratches. Symptoms include fevers, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and pain in the abdomen or bite/scratch site (American Society for Microbiology 2006). Typically the infection is not fatal unless other aggravators are present, such as history of alcohol abuse or a weakened immune system.
To be safe, always clean animal wounds with sterilizing ointment or liquid, and bandage it to prevent exposure to bacteria. If you have a loved one who has passed away possibly as a result of a dog bite infection, please call us for a free consultation at (602) 267-1280. We may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.