Dog bites and dog bite injuries number in the tens of millions each year and children are at higher risk than adults. Between 76 and 94 per cent of animal bites are from dogs and apart from the physical injury that these attacks cause, emotional scars can also be left for years.
Traumatic and psychological distress in children who have suffered dog bite injuries can lead to reactions like:
- Anxiety, particularly a fear of going out and being near dogs
- Insomnia, nightmares and flashbacks
- Emotional and social withdrawal, mutism
- Irrational thoughts and guilt about their feelings
- Acting out emotions
Parents can think their child has recovered fine after the physical effects of an attack have cleared up but it is important to talk about the incident and make sure the child is okay psychologically. Children will suppress feelings when they perceive talking about an attack makes their parents uncomfortable so be open to listening. Consider if professional counselling or therapy is necessary, and introduce it as soon after the bite accident as possible.
Children under the age of 10 are more likely to suffer an dog attack injury of the head or shoulders and this sensitive area is more likely to bring trauma and a sense of vulnerability. If you or your child has suffered an injury from a dog bite in the last three years and it was somebody else’s fault then call Accident Advice Helpline and we can help you make a compensation claim.
Our lawyers work on a 100 per cent no win, no fee* basis and can assess your claim over the telephone or you can check on our website using the 30 second compensation calculator. Calling our freephone number on 0800 689 0500 leaves you under no obligation to proceed but you will get friendly and professional advice 24/7.
Most claimants never need to attend court and while the length of time taken to resolve a claim varies you can be comfortable in the knowledge that Accident Advice Helpline specialises in exactly this sort of work so you are in very safe hands.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice