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Do You Know What to Do When Your Child Is Attacked by a Dog?

Your child was playing in the backyard of your Boise home when a strange dog approached the fence. Your child said “Hi” to the dog, and then began to hear growls. Before she knew it, the dog jumped your fence and began attacking her.

You immediately took her to the emergency room, where she received stitches for her many bite wounds. Although the doctor believes she will be fine, you aren’t too sure. You’re worried about both the physical and emotional scars she may suffer from as a result of the attack.

How to Care for Your Child

Experiencing a dog attack is extremely frightening and traumatic. With your help, she may heal from the physical and mental anguish caused by the accident. Consider these three ways to help her recover:

  • Let her talk. Nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and sadness are all common after experiencing such a scary event. Allowing your child to talk about the feelings she has may help her work through the trauma. Speaking with a psychiatrist or joining a support group may also help.
  • Let her know not all dogs are dangerous. Because of the attack, your child may believe that all dogs are dangerous and develop a fear of all canines. Assure her that although she does have to be careful when around dogs, not all will attack her. Again, a trip to see a therapist may be needed to help her get through her fears.
  • Keep up with her medical treatments. Depending on the severity of the wounds, your child could be prone to infection and severe pain. Taking her to her doctor appointments and keeping up with her medication could mean all the difference between a quick and easy recovery and one that is slow and painful.

The Morton Law Offices Can Help

Treatment for dog attacks is often expensive and extensive. As the victim, you should not have to pay for the bills yourself. The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today through our website or by giving us a call at 888.716.8021 to discuss your situation.