Cat Scratch Disease

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Health, Pets | 1 comment

Dog bites are a serious problem in the United States, causing millions of injuries every year, particularly among children. According to tort law, owners are responsible for their dog’s actions in many cases. If a dog owner is found responsible for a dog bite, they may have to provide compensation to the victim. This area of tort law extends to cat owners as well. Although cat owners often have less to worry about when it comes to the actions of their pet, there is the possibility of what is known as cat scratch disease being transmitted from their pet to a human being.

Dangers of Cat Scratch Disease

Cat scratch disease, also known as cat scratch fever is a type of bacterial infection. When a cat contracts cat scratch disease, they can carry the bacteria in their saliva. When a person is bitten by a cat with the bacteria and the skin is punctured, they can easily contract the disease. While many people are able to fight the disease and recover, it can be very unpleasant, causing swollen lymph nodes, fevers, and headaches. In addition, they may need to use antibiotics to help fight the infection. Unfortunately, in some cases, cat scratch disease can be much more dangerous. For those with compromised immune systems, weak immune systems, or auto-immune diseases, cat scratch disease can lead to the development of dangerous conditions such as the flu and pneumonia.

Legal Action

It is important for pet owners to take responsibility for their pets. If someone’s cat poses a threat to those who may have difficulty fighting off infection, they should take action to ensure that their pet does not come into contact with such persons and is treated for their infection. Unfortunately, this does not always occur. If you or someone you love was harmed due to contracting cat scratch disease, you may be entitled to compensation from the pet’s owner. According to your situation, when animals attack, sometimes these situations may lead to premises liability cases. To learn more about your legal rights, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. According to the personal injury lawyers of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, ¬†you may be able to file for financial compensation for the injuries that have been caused by the aggressive animal.

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