If I go to a psychologist after being bitten by a dog, would it help get more money in settlement?

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If I go to a psychologist after being bitten by a dog, would it help get more money in settlement?

I am 40 years old woman and I was bitten by a dog on my face. I am waiting for my plastic surgery. Mentally I am doing fine. I just don’t like the way I look right now and I will never trust a dog or a dog owner. I am suing the home owner and dog owner. However, should I go to psychologist? Will I get more money since I had trauma? And I will have proof that I was getting help from psychologist or that doesn’t matter? I just do not want waste my money on psychologist visits if it doesn’t add more

money to my compensation.

Asked on January 29, 2018 under Personal Injury, Connecticut


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It is advisable to see a psychologist.  You can receive treatment for the trauma you have incurred. When you complete your treatment and are released by the psychologist, the psychologist can write a report documenting the trauma and your treatment.
The report can be used for compensation for pain and suffering which is an amount in addition to the medical bills.  Compensation for the medical bills (psychologist) is straight reimbursement.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursment.

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