The effects of being attacked by a dog do not always end with treating your injuries. Some injuries can have more complex and sometimes lasting effects. While the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are not qualified to give medical advice, we feel it is our responsibility to inform you of the issues and help you begin to understand some of the implications of personal injury accidents.
If your injuries included lacerations and open wounds, you will likely have a scar. The severity of scars can vary and while some are very small, light in colour and are hardly noticeable, others can be darker in colour and more prominent. Some scars can be so severe that they result in disfigurement and may be painful. If your scars do not fade away on their own you may be able to receive medical treatment to minimize the pain and appearance of your scars.
In the event that the dog attack was very sudden, frightening and severe, an individual may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While this may be rare, it is certainly possible so if you experienced a terrible dog bit accident, be aware of the signs and seek appropriate medical care. If, after getting over the initial shock of the event, you don’t feel like yourself, are exhibiting strange behaviours, or feel nervous, depressed or fearful, contact your doctor.
Individuals who are attacked by a dog can also develop a fear of dogs and possibly other animals. People sometimes begin to distrust and fear dogs, even though before the accident they felt comfortable or even enjoyed the company of dogs. A certain amount of hesitancy around animals may be normal soon after experiencing a dog bite, but if your fears grow and become worse, it may be wise to speak with a health-care professional.
If you have experienced an attack by a dog, you are likely on your way to healing and recovering from the incident. It may benefit you to speak with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer if you think you may be entitled to compensation. The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be happy to discuss your case with you.