There is no doubt that dog attacks and bites can be traumatic. But many people fail to underestimate the severity of the emotional trauma that dog bite victims endure. If you have suffered devastating emotional trauma after being bitten by a dog, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed.
Fortunately, when you have an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer by your side, you can rest easier. If we take on your case, we can help you get through this legal battle so you can heal mentally and physically. Schedule your free consultation with Hedge Copeland today by calling when you call our office at (251) 432-8844.
The Impact of Emotional Trauma of Dog Bites
It is not unusual for victims of dog bites to be surprised by the impact of their emotional trauma. If you previously assumed that only small children would be traumatized by a dog bite, you may be surprised. It is not uncommon for anyone who has been attacked by a dog to endure tremendous emotional distress.
In some of the worst cases, victims may be diagnosed with a medical condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, your emotional distress could make it difficult or nearly impossible for you to live life normally. When your dog bite injuries have had such a significant impact on your life, you have the right to seek justice for your suffering.
But if you have not been diagnosed with PTSD, you may still have grounds for a case. There are many different ways that emotional trauma could affect your life. Some of the more common symptoms that are brought up in dog bite lawsuits and insurance claims include:
- Weight loss or gain
- Substance abuse
If any of these symptoms, or other signs of emotional trauma have tremendously affected your life, you can take action against the party responsible. Unless you provoked the animal into acting aggressively or were trespassing at the time you were attacked, the dog owner should be ordered to compensate you for your damages.
Compensating Dog Bite Victims in Alabama
The impact of severe emotional trauma caused by a dog bite is undeniable. As if struggling to handle the emotional impact of the dog bite was not difficult enough, your emotional trauma is also going to come with other costs.
In order to effectively treat the emotional trauma that you have sustained, you may need to see a mental health care provider on a regular basis in order to work through the trauma you have experienced. This means that you may continue to incur medical bills relating to the dog attack until your symptoms subside and your emotional trauma has lessened.
In addition to compensation for the emotional and physical impact of your dog bite injuries, you also have the right to be repaid for the other ways that your life has been affected by the trauma. Some common economic and non-economic damages you could seek recovery of in your Alabama dog bite claim include:
- Loss of companionship and love
- Loss of society and support
- Loss of guidance and advice
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost wages
- Loss of future potential earnings
- Current and ongoing medical expenses
- Damage to your reputation
- Loss of household services
When emotional trauma brought on by a dog bite has taken over your life, get help getting through it when you call a dog bite attorney at our firm for legal guidance and support you can rely on.
Reach Out to a Skilled and Compassionate Alabama Dog Bite Lawyer Today
Did you or someone you love suffer severe emotional trauma after being attacked by a dog? Are you struggling to cope and unsure of how to go about making the dog’s owner pay for their negligence? If so, get an experienced personal injury attorney at Hedge Copeland on your side.
If we take on your case, we will work tirelessly to ensure that you are awarded the compensation you need to treat your emotional trauma and physical pain and suffering. Contact our office at (251) 432-8844 or complete our web contact form so we can schedule your free, no-risk consultation today.