Personal InjuryDog bite leads to amputation of legs and fingers of Texas woman

January 30, 2013by Aaron Allison

A dog bite recently infected a Texas woman with rare bacteria, which required doctors to amputate her fingers and legs. The woman is presently in an Austin hospital’s intensive care unit. The woman, who is a dog lover and a mother of four children, intervened in a scuffle between two family dogs during Christmas, which led to the bites. She suffered minor cuts on her leg and hand and became very ill. She was then transferred to University Medical Center Brackenridge when her condition quickly got worse. The incident will be of interest to Austin premises liability attorneys as it may affect future dog bite claims.

The bacteria that had led to the infection is called Capnocytophaga canimorsus and is present in the mouths of about one-third of all healthy dogs and cats. According to the doctors, it is not usually dangerous. However, the infection that developed was so severe that the doctors were forced to amputate all the woman’s fingers except the thumb and both legs below the knees.

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Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.