Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia
    Posts
    19

    Default Permanent Impairment From Cat Bite

    I just wanted to let everyone know what happened to me last year when I got bitten by a cat. Please get to a doctor right away if a cat bites you and breaks the skin! I have been grooming for 20 years, and I now have permanent joint and nerve damage, due to a severe infection in my left hand from a cat bite. I got bitten early in the morning, and was told by my employer not to go for medical assistance until the groomers had completed all the haircuts for the day. It was after 6pm that evening , when I finally got to see a doctor. By that time, I could not move my left hand or wrist at all, and I had severe blood poisoning. I had to get I.V. antibiotics, every day for a week. I was out of work for 3 months, and had hand therapy. But I have lost about 65-75% of the use of my left hand, due to the infection destroying joint and nerve tissue. I can no longer groom dogs over about 25-30 lbs. I have started my own housecall business, grooming only small dogs. Needless to say, I have suffered a significant drop in income. Docors say the damage is permanent, due partly to the fact that I had to wait so long before seeing a physician. So my advice to anyone, regarding a cat bite-Don't wait! See a doctor immediately!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Sarasota, Florida
    Posts
    2,213

    Default

    I am sorry to hear about that. That is such a shame. I agree with you 100% about seeing a doctor right away. I knew someone who had to get surgery because of a cat bite, that put her out of work for quite some time. I hope you got some sort of compensation from your employer.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    sunny central Florida
    Posts
    1,090

    Default Absolutley awful! Unreal!

    My heart really goes out to you!
    Ahhhhh what more to say! Just awful!

    Shame on your former employer!!!
    Erica

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Draper, Utah
    Posts
    6,060

    Default Wow

    I am so glad you shared you story. I am going to be learning to work on cats pretty soon here and my instructor has emphasized the importance of seeing a doctor if you get bit, but I really didn't think it was such a big deal. I've been bit by my own cats before and it was no big deal.

    It is good to know that it is really is critical to get help.

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    8,475

    Default

    If I were in your shoes, I'd be talking to an attorney. No way should you be forced to accept a drastic drop in income due to your employer's negligence. And that's what it is, too. Negligence.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    over here
    Posts
    3,336

    Default

    I must say that as an EMPLOYER I am shocked that your employer would delay medical attention on any type of work related injury, especially a cat bite. If I were you I'd sue their pants off, how cruel!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •