April 6, 2022
How to Prevent a Dog Bite from Scarring
Dog bites injure thousands of people every year, sometimes leaving them with long-term medical problems. One of these potential issues is scarring, which is always a risk when a dog bite punctures several layers of skin. When these bites are on the face or other conspicuous areas, scarring can have a significant impact on victims’ appearances and emotional well-being. In many cases, dog bite victims are entitled to compensation under New Jersey’s dog bite statute. As a result, if a dog has bitten you, you should talk to a dog bite attorney as soon as you can.
Fortunately, there are some steps that victims can take to reduce the risk of developing permanent scars. These steps include:
Seeking Immediate Medical Attention
Perhaps the most important step to take after a dog bite is seeking medical attention. Not only does treating wounds early significantly reduce the risk of permanent scarring, but it also can help you avoid secondary issues like serious infections.
Follow Your Doctor’s Advice
A big part of minimizing or avoiding scarring is the aftercare in which you engage. Your doctor will tell you how you can minimize the risk that your wounds will result in permanent scarring, and you should follow his or her advice as closely as you can. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you should:
- Keep the wound covered and moist by using petroleum jelly
- Do not use bacitracin
- Move as little as possible
- Do not pick your scabs
- Gently massage your scar daily
Of course, if any of your doctor’s advice is in conflict with the information provided above, follow what your physician suggests.
Protect Your Legal Rights by Calling an Attorney
While there is nothing an attorney can do to prevent your wounds from scarring, a lawyer can certainly protect your rights and maximize the chances of you getting the compensation you deserve. Under New Jersey’s strict liability dog bite law, if a dog bites someone in a public place or lawfully in or on a public place, the dog’s owner is liable for any damages victims suffer.
That said, dog owners and their insurance companies want to settle cases for as little as possible. They may try to argue that you somehow provoked the dog or that your injuries cannot possibly be as serious as you claim that they are. Fortunately, a lawyer can take steps to ensure that you get the compensation to which the law entitles you. Some of these include:
- Evaluating your losses, including your pain and suffering
- Filing a claim along with supporting documentation
- Attempting to negotiate a settlement
- If necessary, representing you in court
Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation with a New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney
If a dog has bitten you and caused injuries, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. At Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC, we know how to help dog bite victims get the compensation they deserve and work hard to resolve cases as quickly and efficiently as possible. To schedule your free case evaluation with an attorney, call our office today at (866) 643-0866 or contact us online.