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How do I know whether or not my child should seek professional help for emotional trauma following a dog bite?

Because a large number of dog bite victims are children, it is important to know how to deal with children who have been bitten. It is hard for a parent to see her child going through the physical and mental anguish caused by a dog bite. It may be instinctual to get upset and deal only with the actions of the dog. However, it is equally important to deal with what the child is going through.

The mental anguish that a child sustains after a dog attack is often overlooked due to the fact that it is unseen. With a physical wound, it is easy to see what needs to be done and action is taken. Parents should take the time to discuss what the child is going through. The child may even need to seek professional help for his emotional trauma.

Common signs that a child may need professional help are:

  • Your child becomes withdrawn. Suffering from emotional trauma caused by a dog bite may lead to the child becoming very withdrawn or easily irritated. This may be an indication that the child should seek professional help.
  • School problems arise. One very common sign that a child shows when going through emotional trauma is problems at school. His success in classes may suddenly decrease, or he may show new difficulty in social relationships.
  • The child expresses fear or anxiety. Watch for any new fears or anxieties that the child did not previously have. He may develop an unhealthy fear of dogs or other animals.

Don’t let the actions of another person’s dog go unanswered. You can seek legal action by contacting Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 today. At your request, we will send you a FREE copy of our dog bite brochure explaining actions you can take on behalf of your child’s future wellbeing.

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Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham