- Remember what the snake looks like. If you can do it safely, try to get a good look at the snake that bit you. If possible, get a picture or capture the snake. This can help medical professionals identify the snake and get you the right anti-venom.
- Don't try to suck the venom out. It may cause further damage.
- Stay calm and, if possible, lie down. Don't run away or get worked up because your increased heart rate spreads the venom quicker.
- Seek medical attention immediately. That way, you can get the treatment you need and prevent further injury.
- Ask the doctor to call the poison hotline, which has professionals trained in identifying snake bites.
Getting medical attention quickly is essential after any snake bite. However, not all medical professionals and facilities are equipped to handle these types of injuries.
Doctors are told to call the poison hotline for advice from people who are trained on these issues. However, doctors often fail to make this call. Additionally, snake venom is very expensive, and some doctors are overly cautious using it in order to avoid this cost.
If you were bitten by a snake, be sure to clearly describe the snake that bit you to the treating doctor. Also, request that the doctor call the poison control hotline to aid in the diagnosis.
Did the Doctor Fail to Treat Your Snake Bite?
At the law firm of Furr & Henshaw in South Carolina, our malpractice lawyers represent victims of misdiagnosed snake bites. We help clients who have been bitten while camping, swimming, canoeing or working in the garden. We also represent clients who were bitten on the job such as cable operators, landscapers and others who work outdoors.
Our firm recently handled a case involving a cable operator who was bitten while working on our client's property. In this case, the doctors didn't keep the cable operator at the hospital for monitoring. As a result, the cable operator's arm turned black and he lost use of that limb.
Serious injuries can result if a snake bite is misdiagnosed or improperly treated, including amputations. Our attorneys can bring a medical malpractice claim to hold the negligent doctors accountable for failing to treat your snake bite.