RABIES SHOTS AFTER DOG BITE – MN LAWYERS
Do you need to get a rabies shot after being bit by a dog? It really depends on whether the dog already had its shots, or if the dog can be quarantined for the required amount of time to see if it has rabies.
Our lawyers have represented hundreds of people in Minnesota who have been bit by a dog or attacked and injured. Most frequently the main concern is the scarring from the dog bite or injury from the dog attack. However, we have also had many cases where a significant part of our client’s case came from the need to get rabies shots after being bitten by a dog. This most frequently comes up when the dog owner can’t show proof that the dog had its own rabies shots and the doctors don’t want to take a chance of further injury to the victim. Rabies shots are expensive and painful.
One of our dog bite lawyers recently obtained a settlement for a client who went through this. There was no proof that the dog had rabies shots and the doctor did not want to take a chance. Our client had to receive a course of rabies shots (a series of 4 shots over two weeks). The first shots were actually 23 separate injections, around each puncture to completely infuse the area of the bites and then also in both arms, both legs and his buttocks. Although the doctor’s office gave our client Percocet for pain before starting the shots, they did not wait until the Percocet took effect and the shots were extremely painful. Our client said that the experience was much more painful than when he got a tattoo. The shots he received the subsequent days were just in his arm. They were still painful compared to a flu shot, but much less painful than his first treatment.
The total cost of this set of rabies shots was just under $12,000. In addition, our client missed two days of work because of the dog bite and treatment. Fortunately the dog owner had homeowners insurance to cover the incident and our lawyers were able to get our client full compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the dog bite.
If you have been bitten by a dog and would like to discuss your legal rights, please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation.