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My daughter was bitten by a dog in Rockford. She has nightmares and can’t sleep. She is scared to leave home to go to school, and once she’s at school she can’t concentrate. She was an honor student and now she may not pass third grade. We’ve started treatment for PTSD, but the doctor is expensive. Can my child be compensated for the emotional impact that the dog bite has had on her life, including treatment for PTSD?

A Rockford dog attack can cause more than physical injuries, especially to a child. Children believe that the world is a safe place. When a dog bite attack suddenly happens, it is hard for a child to feel safe again. More than half of children who are bitten by dogs experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can interfere with a child’s everyday life. Children with PTSD may relive the dog attack in dreams or in their thoughts. Because, the traumatic experience is happening over and over, these children become fearful and anxious. It is hard to sleep and hard to concentrate on everyday activities like school and friends. There may be changes in behavior or personality. The child may become fearful or withdrawn or quick to anger.

It is hard for a parent to watch a child suffer after a dog bite. Fortunately, PTSD can be treated, usually with a combination of counseling and medication. With proper care, your daughter should be able to gain control of her life.

If your child is suffering from PTSD after an Illinois dog bite, talk to your Rockford dog bite attorney about your child’s emotional reaction. Your child may be eligible for compensation related to PTSD.

Damages may include compensation for:

  • Prescription medications
  • Counseling
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering

To discuss your own unique situation, please contact the Rockford dog attack lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 800-390-6350.