When you hear about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you think of veterans coming back from Afghanistan or Iraq. You often don’t imagine a child who has suffered a dog bite. Yet a study of children at a hospital in Belgium found that more than half of children who are bitten by dogs suffer from PTSD after the dog attack.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that is triggered by an emotionally traumatic event. It is well known that veterans coming back from war may experience PTSD. It is not so widely recognized that people may also suffer PTSD after natural disasters, rape, child abuse, crime, car accidents, life-threatening illness, animal bites, and any other event that causes sudden harm to a person’s physical wellbeing.
For a child, a dog attack can be incredibly frightening. The child may be left with emotional injuries long after the physical injuries heal. If your child has been the victim of an Illinois dog bite, you should be aware of the warning signs of PTSD in children:
- Difficulty sleeping or fear of going to bed
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Problems in school
- Regression to outgrown behaviors, including thumb sucking and bedwetting
- Nervousness or being easily startled
Let your child’s doctor know about any of symptoms of PTSD in your child after an Illinois dog attack. Your pediatrician will evaluate your child for PTSD and make a referral for treatment. Treatment of PTSD usually includes a combination of talk therapy and medication.
Dog owners have a responsibility to prevent their dogs from causing injury. If a dog in Illinois bit your child, she deserves to be compensated for all her injuries—physical and emotional.
To schedule a free consultation regarding your Illinois dog bite injury case, contact the Gurnee dog bite attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The law firm of Hupy and Abraham maintains ten offices across Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. One call to us and we can direct you to an experienced attorney at your nearest office.