The Emotional Scars of Dog Attacks
The physical injuries caused by dog attacks are only a part of the total injury suffered by a dog attack victim. The physical pain and suffering from dog attacks can be overwhelming. In many cases, the victim is so severely injured that he or she requires surgical intervention or multiple surgeries to repair the damage. Common injuries that result from dog attacks include broken bones, lacerations, rabies, infections, tendon damage, nerve damage, cuts, muscle damage, scarring, and internal injuries. Unfortunately, for some victims, even multiple surgeries do not repair all of the damage caused by a dog attack.
For victims who suffer scarring and disfigurement, the embarrassment and social self-consciousness can be crippling. Feelings of anger, depression, and/or isolation can also accompany these emotions. Added to the intense physical pain, dog attack victims face a long road to recovery. In some cases, physical therapy may be needed in addition to surgery and other medical treatments. The severe emotional trauma can lead to other problems including the inability to function socially; marital problems; anti-social behavior; substance abuse; and, problems at work or school.
In most dog attacks, especially those involving children, result in long-term conditions that could take years to resolve or may never be resolved. It is crucial that you seek immediate medical attention and that you receive comprehensive physical and psychological treatment. Once you have received medical treatment, it is essential you contact our office to discuss your legal rights to receive compensation. The dog's owner is liable for any damages from a dog attack; however, you have a limited period to file a claim to collect compensation.
Symptoms of Traumatic Emotional Stress
Symptoms of traumatic stress disorder can manifest themselves in many different ways depending on the person. Some people may withdraw while others have an irrational fear of being alone. As the victims tries to process the attack, they may have difficultly dealing with the various emotions that accompany dog attacks. If you or a loved one exhibits any of the following symptoms, you need to seek the assistance of a trauma counselor or other medical professional as soon as possible.
- Fear of dogs and/or fear of going outdoors
- Sleep disorders (i.e. insomnia, sleeping too much, etc.)
- Eating disorders
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Nightmares, night terrors, and/or flashbacks
- Problems at school or work
- Mood swings and/or irritability
- Lack of concentration
- Irrational thoughts
- Chronic headaches and/or other physical symptoms without a medical cause
- Anger and/or aggression
Our Harrisburg Personal Injury Law Firm Helps Victims of Dog Attacks
Contact Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your claim for damages due to a dog attack. Under Pennsylvania personal injury laws, a dog attack victim is entitled to receive compensation for his or her damages. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills (including counseling and/or other mental health treatment), lost wages, physical pain, mental anguish, scarring, and permanent disability.
We want to help you get the psychological and medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries. Our Pennsylvania dog bite attorneys fight to ensure you receive compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured due to a dog attack. We will not stop fighting until you receive justice for your injuries.