When presenting our client’s case to the jury, our attorney pointed out that, for the rest of our client’s life, scars from the dog attack will force her to revisit the terror she experienced as a child. It is a terrifying experience to be attacked by an animal, and after the attack the feeling of being victimized can slowly eat away at a person’s well being. In addition to medical treatment for bite injuries and plastic surgery for disfiguring scarring, the victim may require psychological counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD — a disabling psychological condition
The physical signs of a child injury from a dog bite may fade with time; the victim may suffer for years, possibly for life, from the psychological trauma. A child may regress in behavior, withdraw, or become aggressive. Post-traumatic stress disorder in adults and children may involve a variety of symptoms: fear of dogs, disproportionate worry, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, concentration problems, agitation, irritability, insecurity and nightmares. PTSD is more likely if the dog bite or attack was particularly vicious, or the sufferer witnessed a loved one being attacked.
Your insurance company may deny your claim for treatment for PTSD, or terminate benefits before the therapy is complete. PTSD is a difficult condition to document. At Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver, our New Jersey Dog Bite Attorneys call on psychological experts to evaluate our patients’ claims and document their losses. If a member of your family is suffering in the aftermath of a dog attack, and you would like to discuss a lawsuit with one of our lawyers, please contact our office to arrange a free consultation.
Free consultation — have our attorney evaluate your claim
If you or a member of your family is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of a dog bite or other animal attack, it is important to have a lawyer with experience in similar cases review your claim. Protect your right to recover full compensation through a dog bite lawsuit. Call 1-877-450-8301 or e-mail our Red Bank office to arrange a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
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