More than half of
dog bite victims are children. Believe it or not, dog bites are more common injuries
reported in emergency rooms than broken bones, for children under age
12. It seems reasonable to assume that, because of the age, a dog bite
injury to a child would be worth more, legally speaking, than a similar
injury to an adult. But, is that always the case?
Dog Bite Injuries to Children are Usually Serious
Statistically speaking, dog bite injuries to children are often more serious.
The reason is that, when dogs attack they are more likely to go for the
head or neck. Because of a young child's size, dogs are more often
successfully. Obviously, injuries to the head and neck are more serious.
In addition to stitches, children also must receive a painful rabies shot,
just as a protective measure. In far too many cases, dog bite injuries
to children ultimately require plastic surgery.
Children Also Suffer More Mental or Emotional Trauma
Due to the age and immaturity of children, they are often more susceptible
to long-lasting mental or emotional trauma following a dog attack. In
very serious cases, a child may even suffer from PTSD, or Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder, which may require counseling. Also, a dog bite that leaves
an easily visible scar (e.g., to the face) is likely to have a more lasting
effect on a child, even resulting in low self-esteem.
Ultimately, the value of each case can only be determined after considering
all of the facts surrounding the incident. If you have questions regarding
a personal injury matter,
contact us online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC, at (205) 381-4787.