Everyone knows that dog bites hurt. But the less visible scars of dog attacks can last for years or even a lifetime. Especially considering that half of all dog bite victims in Washington State are children, it is important to remember the emotional trauma that is paired with every dog attack.

Emotional Trauma As A Result Of A Dog Attack

When you think about a dog bite incident or dog attack, you often focus on the physical pain and scars of the attack - punctured skin, broken bones, infection, tissue loss, and lacerations. However, although the physical wounds of a dog bite are very serious and often require medical attention, the emotional scars left by dog attacks can last longer and have equally disabling consequences.

Many victims report pain and suffering. Others have to deal with physical scars that are disfiguring to the point that their body image is damaged and depression and anxiety arise. Many children and some adults may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Having post-traumatic stress can reveal itself in a number of ways, including:

· Emotional withdrawal

· Flashbacks, nightmares and insomnia

· Fear of dogs or going outside

· Depression and anxiety

· Feelings of guilt

· Irrational thoughts and fears

· Physical symptoms

· Anti-social behavior

· Problems at school or work

· Poor concentration and irritability


Emotional trauma can be more common and more damaging to children who has been bitten by dogs - and more than have of all dog attacks involve those under 18. Parents should talk to their children about the traumatic experience and watch for signs of depression, anxiety, and PTSD, such as falling grades in school, irrational fears, troubled sleep patterns, and numbed emotions.

Whether you or your child is facing emotional trauma in the wake of a dog bite incident, it is imperative that you seek professional help for your issues. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are all treatable conditions, with significant success rates for patients who receive a combination of therapy and medication. However, these treatments are costly and take time. If your dog bite was due to the negligence of the dog's owner, you should not be responsible for paying for your recovery. Talk to a specialized lawyer about your dog bite case today - especially if you are suffering emotional trauma in addition to your physical injuries.