Cats have sharp canine teeth that are naturally designed to puncture flesh. Like a cat may kill a mouse or bird, the cat can also easily puncture our human skin. On the VCA animal hospital website about cat bites, Earnest Ward, DVM states, “These punctures rapidly seal over, trapping bacteria from the cat’s mouth under the skin of the victim.[i]”
Cat bites are dangerous because of infection.
Whether the cat that bit you was an indoor house cat or an outside barn cat may be important when assessing your risk of infection and disease. Most indoor pet owners keep veterinarian records for their dogs and cats and keep them up to date with vaccinations. The outdoor animal could carry many bacteria that can cause tissue infections.
A common disease-causing bacterium called Pasteurella multocida can spread through other tissues and areas of the body (this is called cellulitis) and can lead to a blood poisoning condition called septicemia. People with this blood poisoning can suffer fever and flu-like symptoms and can lead to death if not treated properly.[ii]
Injury damages from cat bite infections and related complications.
Children, elderly people and those with compromised immune systems may be at greater risk of infections and disease related to bacterial infections from cat bite wounds. Injury damages can include hospital and medical treatment bills and costs, lost wages from work, pain and suffering and a variety of incidental costs and expenses, now and potentially in the future.
While it may not be very common to die from septicemia from a cat bite, it can happen, and a wrongful death suit can be filed by the parents, children or spouse.
A claim for cat bite injury damages can be made directly with the cat owner’s home insurance policy.
When you know who owns the cat that bit you causing injury, the cat owner will likely have home or renter’s insurance. A claim for damages is submitted to the insurance company and if they don’t pay the claim, a lawsuit is filed against the insurance company.
Call Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers for more information about how a dog or cat bite injury case works. You do not have to pay any money to hire Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers, who only are paid themselves when your case settles or is won in court.
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[ii] See HNi above (Same article)