Dog Bite Injuries – Emotional Scarring

Victims of dog bite injuries are not only left with physical injuries they can also be left with emotional pain.  The emotional scars left by dog attacks can last longer and have equally disabling consequences.   A dog bite attack can be an extremely traumatic event, especially for children.  A child experiencing an event of threatening or catastrophic nature may experience considerable post-traumatic psychological distress.  Dog bites present an important public health probelm and are a frequent cause of physical trauma in children.

Children can have a hard time making sense of traumatic accidents and have difficulty regaining their sense of security after the attack. They may act out their emotions, or become noticeably withdrawn and quiet.  Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may arise over time.  Treatment from a mental health professional may be required.  Children who are injured by a dog bite often face a long road to recovery that could not only include PTSD, but a crippling fear of dogs, and emotional issues related to their injuries and disfigurement.  Having post traumatic stress can reveal itself in a number of ways, including:

  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Flashback or nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Fear of dogs or going outside
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Irrational thoughts and fears
  • Physical symptoms
  • Anti-social behavior
  • Problems at school or work
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration

It is critically important that your child be assessed to see if trauma counseling is indicated.  Many children may not feel they need counseling, however, it is still important to keep talking (and more importantly, listening) to your child about the event to ensure that latent emotional effects do not accumulate over time, resulting in behavior problems, nightmares, social withdrawal or other adverse emotional effects.  A recent study even indicates that therapy should begin as soon as possible after the incident.

If you or a family member have been bitten by a dog and are suffering from the emotional consequences, contact the California dog bite attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group today to discuss your case.  Our attorneys will assess your dog bite case and determine the monetary value of your case and the next steps that should be taken in order to proceed with your claim. Call our office today at 866-613-9906.

Under California law, the owner is strictly liable for injuries and damages caused by his dog.  In California, a victim of a dog bite only needs to show that: the dog was owned by the defendant; the bite took place on public property or while the victim was lawfully on private property; the victim was actually bitten by the dog; and the victim was injured by the dog.

A dog bite victim is entitled to compensation if he can meet the requirements of the strict liability law.  The amount of compensation varies widely from case to case.  There is no general rule that determines what a victim will receive.  Estimating the amount of compensation for a victim is a difficult task that requires the learning and experience of an attorney.  This is one of the reasons why dog bite victims need to have legal representation.  The dog bite attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group have extensive experience handling dog bite and personal injury cases.  Our attorneys handle dog bite injury cases with the best interest of the victim, especially when the victim is a child.  We will help the victim get the medical and psychological treatment and compensation for pain and suffering they deserve.  Call us today at 866-613-9906 for a free legal consultation.  We serve all of San Diego County including San Marcos, Escondido, Fallbrook, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, La Mesa, El Cajon, Chula Vista, Carmel Valley, La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas, Cardiff, and Solana Beach.  We also serve Huntington Beach, Big Bear and the Riverside County communities of Temecula and Palm Desert.

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