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What you need to do after an animal bite.

Animal bites are quite common. While many of these instances happen at home at the hands of an owner’s pet, it’s not uncommon for stray animals or someone else’s furry friend to instigate such an attack either. Animal bites carry with them many dangers.

Bites can happen in a variety of settings. They can occur on a farm while someone is tending to animals. They can happen while you are out and about in your yard, jogging, walking, swimming or camping.

Animals often become hyper or agitated when there’s a lot of commotion or they feel frightened. They may bite individuals who are arguing, fighting or involved in sexual activities as a result.

It can be quite dangerous no matter what type of animal bites you.

Skunks, raccoons, bats or foxes often have rabies, a life-threatening neurological condition. Even smaller animals like mice, rats, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks can cause physical harm or spread diseases like the plague.

Both domestic and stray dogs can have rabies. Even if they don’t, they have a lot of harmful bacteria in their mouths. It’s easy for your wound to become infected. You may require amputation if it gets out of hand. Infections can also develop after you receive a bite from a cat, horse, gerbil, hamster, guinea pig or chinchilla. These animals often bite if they feel like they’re safety is in jeopardy.

If an animal has bitten you here in Florida, then you must receive medical attention right away to assess your situation. You should next consult with a premises liability attorney. Your Sarasota lawyer may advise you of your right to monetary damages depending on who owns the animal and where the attack occurred.

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