The Hidden Injury In Dog Bite Cases: Damages For Emotional Trauma

Many attorneys settle dog bite cases without taking into consideration the emotional trauma. Yet psychological and emotional harm often have a greater impact on life than the actual bite, and potentially add up to significant compensation.

The attorneys of Guenard & Bozarth know how to develop this portion of a dog bite claim. In the event of injuries caused by horses and livestock at farms, we also know how to hold the property owners liable. We work with victims and families to portray the fear and pain they experienced during the attack. We work with psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals to detail the aftermath — fear of dogs, anxiety, panic attacks, sleeplessness, depression and post-traumatic "reliving."

  • We represented a young girl who was traumatized by the neighbor's dog. When she retreated into her house, the animal followed her inside and bit her. She became scared of all dogs and fearful of leaving her house.
  • Physical scars can have an emotional impact, too, especially for women. One client lost her lip to a vicious dog, leaving her self-conscious and depressed about the disfiguring injury.

Are You Leaving Money On The Table?

By attending to the emotional and psychological damage, our lawyers help clients maximize their settlement or jury award. From offices in Sacramento and Elk Grove, we handle animal attacks in Northern California. Call 916-226-9098 for a free consultation or contact us online.