Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 01, 2013
A Texas woman has had her legs and most of her fingers amputated after developing an extremely rare infection from a small dog bite, according to the New York Daily News. Forty-eight-year-old Robin Sullins has reportedly been in intensive care since December 27th, when she began to experience vomiting, high fever and chills. She was originally bitten on Christmas Day, while breaking up a fight between her family’s dogs.
Although she only received a small bite on the finger, she was exposed to a rare bacteria that usually only impacts people with pre-existing health problems, ABC News points out. Symptoms did not emerge immediately, but when they did appear, Sullins’ condition deteriorated very quickly. "She immediately went down hard," the victim’s sister, Angi Sullins, told the Daily News. "Her body started turning black and blue. Her kidneys shut down. All of her vitals plummeted."
The Daily news further points out that the bacteria is called capnocytophaga canimorsus, which is found in about one third of cats and dogs. Sullins is in extremely critical condition, and has been on and off of life support since first entering the hospital. Doctors have yet to make a long-term prognosis. Her family has remained by her side every day.
Los Angeles dog bite attorney Jeff Nadrich points out that while incidents like this are rare, they remind us that dog bite victims should always see a medical professional immediately after a bite occurs. According to Nadrich, a dog bite victim should immediately do four things: “Report the attack to the local police and your local animal shelter, take photographs on the injury, seek medical attention, get the contact information of the owner and any witnesses, and contact a qualified dog bite lawyer.”
Nadrich has worked with dog bite victims for more than 25 years, and urges victims to call his law firm, Nadrich & Cohen LLP.
About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a personal injury attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.