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The financial and mental impact of dog bite scarring

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2023 | Animal Bites

Dog attacks can result in substantial financial losses and severe physical injury, often leaving residual scarring.

Alabama tort law allows victims of dog bites to seek compensation from the dog owner, who is nearly always liable for damages.

The mental impact of a dog bite scar

Given the nature of a dog bite, a healed wound will often leave scarring that is irregular in shape and depth and jagged around the edges. It serves as a reminder of the traumatizing incident. It can take up to a year for a dog bite scar to fully heal, and some victims may have a visual imprint on their bodies for life.

Getting back to normal life with a constant physical reminder of a devastating experience on your body can be challenging. Victims commonly struggle with altered body image, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, severely impacting their quality of life.

The available treatment

Treatments, such as reconstructive surgery, are sometimes highly invasive. Some victims may opt for less invasive procedures, such as dermabrasion or scar-reducing injectables. However, the cost is high, and insurance may not cover cosmetic care.

Recoverable compensation

Dog bite victims can file a civil claim against the dog owner, seeking compensation for the physical, mental and financial impact of the attack. Recoverable damages include medical expenses, loss of enjoyment in life, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Filing a dog bite claim is relatively straightforward if you can identify the dog. However, victims sometimes need legal help to adequately value their losses.



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