Seek treatment right away for an animal bite

If you are bitten by an animal in Tennessee, you want to seek treatment and medical assistance as soon as you can. Bites can become infected if they're not treated, and diseases like rabies are transmitted through bites. Even if it seems minor, you may need shots, so you definitely want to talk to a medical professional, rather than simply washing the bite yourself and hoping for the best.

In fact, one of the biggest reasons that animals will attack is if they are ill. Naturally, they will often also bite if they're provoked or if they feel threatened. If you did nothing to bring on the attack and the animal still bit you, though, you have to consider that disease could have been the catalyst -- making treatment even more important.

If a bite gets infected, you're going to notice a growing redness around the bite, perhaps with dark patches -- or streaks -- that extend out from the bite mark toward other parts of your body. It may also become full of pus as it heals, and it could swell up. As it gets worse, you could develop a fever or have other such complications.

Take these things very seriously, especially if you did not get medical attention quickly, and get to a doctor when the symptoms show up. Animal bites are very treatable, but the process is easier, cheaper and less likely to have a lasting impact if you get that treatment as soon as you can.

Medical treatment can be expensive, though, which is why you should know what rights you may have to compensation after the attack.

Source: Healthline, "Animal Bite," Bree Normandin and Winnie Yu, accessed June 02, 2015

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