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Dog Bites: The Long-Term Problems

You know about the long-term injuries you may sustain in other areas of personal injury law. However, some of the damages resulting from dog bites can be severe, causing you to suffer permanent damages including mental suffering and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

You should recognize what long-term health issues may stem from dog bites and why it’s so important to pursue compensation. Below, we’ll detail just how severe dog bites can be and what to expect moving forward.

Nerve and Tissue Damage

Dogs have sharp teeth. They often won’t release immediately, which can cause further damage. When the dog’s teeth puncture your skin, it can cause significant damage beneath the skin, deep into your tissue and nerves.

Nerve damage can cause you to lose feeling and strength in the area where the bite occurs. You may suffer numbness. With tissue damage, you may require surgery and long-term medical care to recover properly.


Regardless of how healthy a dog is, they can carry a wide range of bacteria and germs in their mouths. When you suffer a bite, the bacteria and viruses can spread to the affected area. This transfer can result in you suffering from severe infections.

Some of the infections you may experience can include blood infections and even rabies. You must receive treatment for infections quickly. Failure to do so can make the condition worse, or in the worst-case scenario, the infection can have fatal implications.

At Caputo & Van Der Walde, we’ll work hard to help you understand liability. We’ll guide you through the process of pursuing compensation to cover the expenses associated with the long-term problems resulting from a severe dog bite.

Our San Jose dog bite lawyers have extensive experience in this area of law. We’ll investigate your damages, your long-term needs, and costs to help you build a case strategy suited for your best interests. Trust in our team to protect your rights every step of the way.