Our Michigan dog bite lawyers represent victims of dog bites and dog attacks. In additon to physical injuries, many dog bite victims suffer psychological injuries also. Being a victim of a dog bite attack is a very traumatic experience and the impact can be significant.
What are the Psychological Effects of a Dog Bite?
The psychological effects after a dog attacks can include fear, depression, withdrawal and anger. These problems can occur immediately or sometime even years after the attack. Many victims even develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or other persistent problems.
Both adults and children can suffer psychological injuries from a dog attack. Many people become fearful of dogs because they are terrified that another dog may attack them in the future. This creates significant problems when they go out into the public, like in parks where people walk their dogs, and when they visit the homes of families and friends. Many victims experience chronic conditions including depression, prolonged grief, and PTSD. These conditions can result in:
- Re-experiencing the event through play or in trauma-specific nightmares or flashbacks, or distress over events that resemble or symbolize the trauma.
- Routine avoidance of reminders of the event or a general lack of responsiveness (e.g., diminished interests or a sense of having a shortened future).
- Increased sleep disturbances, irritability, poor concentration, startle reaction and regressive behavior.
Many dog bite victims treat with psychologists and social workers to help them deal with their fears and issues after an attack. This type of treatment and counseling is often necessary to help them adjust to their fears and deal with the trauma.
How is the Amount of Psychological Damage Settlements Determined?
There are several factors that go into determining the amount of a settlement for psychological damages from a dog bite attack. Every person has a unique personality and emotions and how an attack affects a person's life is different for everyone. Therefore, the settlement amount for psychological damages is different in every case.
Who is the best Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer?
The dog bite attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. understand issues relating to all dog bites. This allows us to get the best settlements for our clients. It is important to have an attorney not afraid to fight for you when you have dealt with any dog bite.
Contact Our Michigan Dog Bite Lawyers
Our experienced Michigan dog bite attorneys can determine the best settlement amount for you. We rely on your medical records, testimony, and other factors like discussions with your family members about how you have changed since the attack. Many times, we will have you evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist to tell us and the insurance company exactly how you have been injured psychologically. If you suffered psychological injuries from a Michigan dog bite attack, you should contact our experienced Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. law firm now at (800) 606-1717. We will evaluate your case and work to get you the maximum settlement. We charge no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case. Call today for your free consultation!