Symptoms of PTSD in Children Who Have Suffered a Dog Bite

The mental health consequences of a dog bite can be severe, especially in the case of vulnerable victims like children. Adults who have been injured in a dog bite may be more likely to seek help for any of the depression, anxiety and other mental health symptoms that they experience after a dog bite. Children may not even feel like talking about the attack.

A child, who has been injured in a dog bite, is quick to understand that merely mentioning the attack in front of his parents brings up expressions of guilt or sadness on the parents faces. Children, in such cases, simply bottle up their feelings, fear, anxiety and trauma inside themselves. This creates conditions for the emergence of mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

PTSD is a mental condition that is characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, fearfulness, irritability, and other symptoms. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may emerge just a few days or even weeks after the child has been injured in a dog bite.

It’s important for doctors treating a child victim to indicate to the parents the potential for mental-health consequences from the dog bite. Parents must be warned that they can expect signs of depression, anxiety and trauma, even weeks after the child has been injured. Remember, with the right kind of treatment and counseling, PTSD could well continue and symptoms may worsen over time. If your child has suffered injuries in a dog bite, consult with a Denver dog bite lawyer.

If your child has recently been injured in a dog bite, speak to a mental health professional. Look for signs of depression, social withdrawal, anxiety, trauma, and other symptoms in the days, weeks and even months after the injury. Encourage your child to talk about his experience. Do not let the child feel guilty for the attack in any way.

If your child has suffered injuries in a dog bite, he may be eligible for compensation for damages. Speak to a Denver dog bite lawyer for help.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.