How Soon Do I Need a Tetanus Shot after a Dog Bite?

Jeff Varcadipane

April 27, 2022

How Soon Do I Need a Tetanus Shot after a Dog Bite?

If someone else’s dog bites you, it can be extremely disruptive to your life. Not the least of which is knowing what to do regarding your health and whether or not you need a tetanus shot. When it comes to the question of how soon you need to obtain a tetanus shot after a dog bite. If you do need one, the answer is as soon as possible. If a dog bite leaves you or someone you love injured, consult with an experienced dog bite attorney regarding your best steps forward. 

Medical Professionals Can Get You a Tetanus Shot after a Dog Bite

Medical professionals report that if you have a dog bite. One of the first steps you should take is seeing a doctor, even if you don’t believe the bite is serious. Your doctor will want to make sure that you are up to date on your tetanus shots, and if you are not a booster.  Which is good for 10 years, will be recommended. Further, if the bite is particularly bad, your doctor may recommend moving forward with a booster even if it has been only five years since your last shot. The most important point is that you should not wait until a problem arises prior to seeking medical attention. 

Dog Bites and Infection

Dog bites can lead to many serious infections, and your doctor will also monitor you for any warning signs. If your doctor believes it is warranted, he or she may order a prophylactic dose of antibiotics. Dog bites that are on a hand, foot, joint, or the face are the most likely to cause lasting damage. A serious dog bite can happen anywhere on your body, however, can lead to serious and long-lasting consequences

Bringing a Dog Bite Claim

In New Jersey, dog owners are responsible for protecting other people from their pets. As such, if you are on public property or are on private property as an invited guest.  When someone else’s dog bites you, the dog owner can be held liable in a dog bite claim, as long as you did not provoke the dog. If this is the difficult situation you find yourself in. Seek compensation for all the following categories of loss:

  • Medical bills, including any ongoing medical services you require. Such as those related to an infection or another kind of complication
  • Your lost earnings, including any lost earning potential
  • Your physical and psychological pain and suffering, which can be significant from a violent dog attack

An NJ Board Certified Trial Attorney can ensure you seek and recover full compensation for all of your specific losses.

Discuss Your Concerns with an Experienced New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney Today

The trusted New Jersey dog bite attorneys at Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC, are well versed at successfully guiding dog bite claims like yours toward favorable resolutions, and we are well prepared to also help you. For more information, please do not wait to reach out and contact us today. 

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