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How can dog bites mentally impact you?

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2020 | Injuries |

Many Missouri residents are dog owners. Unfortunately, most dog attacks happen with dogs you are familiar with. This means that it is more likely for a friend or neighbor’s dog to bite you than a stray on the street. Today we will look at potential repercussions of bite attacks. We will start with mental impacts.

People often focus on the physical injuries that occur during bite attacks. But the mental damage is often just as gruesome, even if you cannot see it as easily. Many victims of dog attacks end up traumatized. In some cases, people even get post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over this. It is common for an attack to exacerbate other disorders like anxiety or depression. Symptoms may even appear in victims who had no signs of these issues before.

Phobias are also a common result of dog bite attacks. Cynophobia is the fear of dogs. For obvious reasons, a bite victim is at risk of developing this phobia. It may result in agoraphobia, which is the fear of leaving your home. Some people are so afraid of running into dogs that they would rather not even take the chance. These issues are often crippling to the victim. It alters their lives in a negative and lasting way.

Has a dog bitten you? Do you know someone who suffers from the aftermath of a bite attack? If so, take a look at our linked web page. It will take you to a page on personal injury. You can learn more about how the law treats personal injury cases when it comes to dog bites.