Dog Bites and Rabies
The rabies virus is a potentially deadly disease which causes acute inflammation of the brain. The ability of the virus to transfer to a new host through saliva has granted it infamy as a killer in small animals, especially dogs.
In reality domesticated animals are rarely affected by rabies in the United States thanks to strong animal control and vaccination programs, but an animal running at large due to its owner’s negligence is at risk of exposure from other animals it may encounter in the wild. It is vital to seek medical attention immediately if you have been bitten by a dog that you suspect is rabid.
It is always prudent to be cautious around strange dogs that are off-leash or running at large, but it becomes essential to take immediate steps to protect yourself if you have reason to believe that the dog may be carrying the rabies virus. Look for symptoms such as:
- Strange or erratic behavior
- Stumbling and poor coordination
- Foaming at the mouth
If you notice any of these symptoms in a stray or loose dog, call animal control immediately.
If you have been injured in a dog attack by an animal you suspect to be rabid, the skilled and experienced Cincinnati personal injury lawyer of Stepleton Dugan, LLC, can help you to seek appropriate financial compensation for your medical costs and other pertinent damages. Contact us today at 513-321-7733 to schedule free consultation with a committed legal representative.