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Know the Signs of PTSD in a Child after a Gurnee Dog Attack

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is most commonly thought of as a condition that affects those who have recently been in armed conflict. But, in fact, PTSD can affect anyone who has been involved in a traumatic situation. PTSD is a mental health condition that has been triggered by a terrifying event.

PTSD can affect children who have been bitten by a dog. A dog attack is a very freighting event that can scar a child mentally and physically. A child does not understand why a cute, cuddly dog would suddenly become so mean and vicious. Any child who has been attacked by a dog may lose trust in dogs.

After an attack, it’s perfectly normal for a child to mistrust dogs. A parent or guardian should watch for signs that the child is experiencing more than just a loss of trust. A child who is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder may show symptoms such as:

  • Nightmares
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Anxiety
  • Bedwetting
  • Thumb sucking
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Low arousal threshold (the child startles easily)
  • School problems
  • Detachment
     

If you have noticed that your child has been suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important that you seek help. Although dealing with PTSD from a child dog bite can be difficult and trying, it is can be done. Stay patient and supportive of the child and hopefully they will recover and regain a healthy view of dogs.

If you child is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder or any other injury from a dog bite, compensation may be available. To discuss the possible legal actions you may take, contact an experienced attorney at Hupy and Abraham. For a free case evaluation you can call 866-625-2299. Our team will stand by your side and get the compensation that is deserved.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham