The pain from a dog bite may only last for days, weeks, or months, depending on the severity and location of that bite. However, the ramifications of such a bite can last for life. Some scars will never heal and can lead to permanent disfigurement.
That disfigurement can have a massive impact on a child’s life — or an adult’s life, for that matter. The person may struggle to fit in with their peers, to find a romantic partner or even to get a job. They can feel like the scarring is going to hold them back in various ways for the rest of their life, even after the pain is a distant memory.
You also need to consider the mental and emotional side of this type of injury. Studies have found that depression and anxiety are more likely in those who have facial scars, for instance. These scars did not always come from dog bites, but one can assume that the issue is the same regardless of the cause. Those who had been injured were more likely to feel anxious or depressed, either about their appearance or about the injury and the incident in general.
When considering the cost of a dog bite, then, you have to think about all of these issues. Will you miss out on wages if you can’t work? What type of medical care will you need? Will you have to go on depression or anxiety medication? How does all of this impact your quality of life? These are important questions to ask when considering your legal options. A premises liability claim or other personal injury claim may help provide the money you need to move forward.