BLOG

Child Psychological Trauma To Dog Bite Victims


Child Psychological Trauma To Dog Bite Victims The majority of dog bite victims are children under the age of fifteen. Statistics have shown that over 28% are 4 years or younger and 32% are between the ages of 5 and 10. Unfortunately, children under the age of 4 are at greater risk of being bitten on the head, face or neck because the attacking dog is often larger than the victim.

To some small children the dog bite is of such trauma, that it affects their psychic functioning and later personality development, especially a severe dog bite to the face. Some children do not “get over” or “grow out” of such a traumatic event.

Small children can suffer the following:

  • A. Increased dependency on parents
  • B. Fear
  • C. Night terrors

As a result, it is difficult to evaluate a dog bite case involving a small child because of the uncertainty of the psychological injury and long term effects. Such children can also develop personalities which are over-cautious, restrictive thoughts, lesser physical actions and the difficulty to experience happiness.

For these reasons, when we have a small child who has suffered a serious dog bite we are very sensitive to placing that child under the care and attention of a qualified child psychologist who specializes in such trauma. We train our staff to look for that and discuss that with the parents.

dog bite vistims Remember, the effect of a dog bite can be long-lasting, especially when the victim is a child. Therefore, it is important to seek prompt treatment and continued treatment, until the child is healed physically and psychologically.

The number of victims

  • The most recent USA survey of dog bites conducted by CDC researchers concluded that in 2001, 2002 and 2003 there were 4.5 million American dog bite victims per year (1.5% of the entire population).
  • There was a 10% increase in emergency room visits for new dog bites from 1992 to 2001.
  • California had the highest number of dog bites with 451 claims. (2012)
  • Children under the age of one year accounted for the highest number of dog bite fatalities, at 19%. Over 95% of these deaths occurred when an infant was left unsupervised!

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, please contact us.

Learn More...


October 5, 2009

Dog Bites Are Trouble for All Involved

Dogs still hold the title of man’s best friend but the increasing reports and...


November 2, 2009

Dog Bite Prevention and Awareness on the Rise

With the incident number of dog bites on the rise, we have seen a variety of ta...


April 5, 2010

Is Your Babysitters Dog Safe?

When you send your child to spend time at a babysitters home, you must make sure...

Do I Have A Case?

We offer free consultation. No office visit required, we will get back to you within 24 hours.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

What can we do for you?

  • Answer your legal question.
  • Provide a Free Case Evaluation.
  • Schedule an appointment.

 

Why
Choose Us?

  • Available 24/7
  • Trusted Since 1990
  • Local to You
  • Recovered $350,000,000
  • 5 Star Reviews
  • Free Case Evaluation
  • VIP Service
  • No Win, No Fee

Latest Law Post


September 17, 2019

In U.S. A Pedestrian Dies Every 90 Seconds

The number of pedestrian deaths in the United States per year has been climbing since 2010, according to the Los Angeles Times. Deaths now result from pedestrian accidents in the U.S. once every 90 seconds.


September 13, 2019

State Attorneys General Ask Streamers To Protect Youth From Tobacco Imagery

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent letters in August 2019 to streaming video services, requesting that they protect young streamers from tobacco imagery.

 

We are Personal Injury Lawyers representing accident victims throughout California.
For 30 years, the law firm of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has helped injury victims
obtain the compensation they deserve.