A veterinarian bitten on the index finger of his dominant hand by a cat received treatment at an occupational medicine clinic. Based on the patient's statement that he was not sure how the injury occurred, the treating physician documented a cat scratch, rather than a bite. He developed osteomyelitis which ended up in amputation of the finger.
The ensuing claim alleged "inappropriate antibiotics, lack of a timely referral, and failure to x-ray". A verdict for $540,000 was awarded with 25% comparative negligence apportioned to the plaintiff (vet) for not providing a more specific account of the nature of the wound! (1)
Although dog bites account for 85 to 90% of animal bites, cat bites are fairly common.Read More
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