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Will a Child Develop Fears After a Dog Bite?

Although dog bites can cause catastrophic injuries to a child, physical injuries are not the only pain that a child may suffer. Psychological issues are common in children who survive vicious animal attacks. 1 in 10 children who suffer a moderate dog bite injury will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 1 in 4 children who suffer a severe dog bit injury will develop PTSD.

Watch your child closely after a dog attack to monitor the development of abnormal behaviors, which can indicate the onset of PTSD, such as:

  • Fear of being in the dark
  • Reluctance to be left alone
  • Refusal to play outside
  • Withdrawing from interactions with family and friends
  • Acting out toward family and friends
  • Losing interest in school or after-school activities

It is always advisable to seek professional counseling after a dog bite, and especially so if your child has started to exhibit behaviors inconsistent with their normal personality. Therapy can help your child recover from trauma of the dog attack.

Has your child suffered sever injuries from a dog bite? Call the Law Offices of Mark L. Karno & Associates at 312-574-3362 for your free consultation.

We welcome clients from Aurora, Chicago, and the surrounding communities. Our experienced dog bite lawyers work on a contingency fee basis – we don’t get paid until you do.

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