Q What do I do if I’m Bitten by a Cat in North Carolina?
Cat bites can create different injuries than dog bites. Our Raleigh injury lawyers often receive calls from victims of dog bite attacks, but there are also instances of aggressive cat attacks. Medscape cites that approximately 10-20 percent of animal attacks in the United States are attributed to cats. Since our North Carolina law offices handle cases for victims of any type of animal attack, we wanted to give you the basic first steps about what you need to do if you or someone you love is wounded by a cat.
Surgeries After Cat Attack
Many cat bites are not superficial scratches or tiny punctures of the skin’s surface. Cats have the strength in their jaws and claws to cause serious structural damage. Delicate and expensive surgeries may be necessary to repair tissue, tendon or ligament damage caused by a cat attack.
When it comes to quarantines, cats are regulated the same as dogs:
- It is mandatory to report every cat attack and dog attack to your local health care director. Who is required to report the animal attack? The victim, the animal owner, and the person who had possession of the animal at the time of the attack.
- A 10-day quarantine is required by North Carolina state law for any cat or dog that bites a human. This quarantine will take place even if the animal has up-to-date vaccination records. If the animal dies during the 10-day quarantine, they will be tested for rabies.
Cat Bites: North Carolina Personal Injury Cases
Cat bites rapidly seal and trap dangerous bacteria below the victim’s skin. Cat bite wounds commonly turn into abscesses, which may require surgery to drain. Symptoms of abscesses include an oozing sore, fever, lethargy, swelling/inflammation, and in some cases a strong odor. It is critical to have wounds from cat bites cleaned immediately and carefully by medical professionals. As soon as the victim receives medical care, notify the treating staff that the wounds were caused by a cat. Medical records documenting all treatment associated with cleaning the wounds, future infection care, surgeries, and all medical care caused by the cat attack will be necessary for a strong North Carolina personal injury case.
Stray Cat Bites
Were you bitten by a feral cat? As far as personal injury cases go, injuries from a stray cat are most likely not compensable. However, if your child was bitten by a stray cat while under the care of a babysitter or other caregiver who was not providing adequate supervision, you may have a case against the person caring for your child. Contact a personal injury attorney if you’re concerned about liability in an animal attack case – 877-BRENT-ADAMS