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What to Say to a Child Who Has Been Injured by a Dog

Parenting advice is beyond the scope of our website and our personal injury lawyers would never tell you how to parent your child. However, many parents who are helping children through the pain and shock of a dog bite injury have the same concerns. Specifically, they want to know how to answer their child’s questions honestly.

Three Questions You May Hear From Your Child After a Dog Bite Accident

The questions that you hear will depend on numerous factors such as your child’s age and the severity of your child’s injuries. However, you should expect to answer the following types of questions:

  1. I’m afraid of dogs. What should I do if I see a dog again? It is important to encourage your child not to live in fear, but to use caution around all animals. You can assure your child that he or she will not have to go near a dog if he or she is uncomfortable. This may be a good time to review basic safety rules such as never approaching an animal unless a trusted adult has provided permission to do so.
  2. I want to go back to school. When can I? Your child may be looking for reassurance that life will go back to the way that it was before the dog bite. Reassure your child that he or she can back to school as soon as a doctor says it is okay and you know the child is up to it. Remind your child that this pain won’t last forever.
  3. Am I always going to have this scar? This is a question that must be answered with information from your child’s doctor.

Overall, your child wants to know that you are doing everything in your power to help him or her return to the life he or she enjoyed prior to the dog bite.

Our Dog Bite Accident Lawyers May Help You Help Your Child

If your child has been injured in an Iowa, Illinois, or Wisconsin dog bite accident then our experienced personal injury attorneys  will fight hard for your child’s fair and just recovery. For more information on how we may be able to help your family, please call us today at 1-800-800-5678.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham