The number of dog bite cases in Irvine and Orange County continues to climb. While Irvine is a thriving, modern city it is not isolated from this troubling statistic. Irvine animal control has labeled several local dogs as “vicious” each year. Orange County statistics show there are 3 to 5 dog bites every day including several of which occur in Irvine. Nationally, just over a quarter of these dog bites require a visit to the emergency room or urgent care.
What does that say for Irvine? We may feel that our neighborhoods are safe, and that dog owners exercise a higher degree of supervision and care over their animals. Unfortunately, recent research demonstrates many dog bites that result in injuries are caused by normal pets, non-vicious breeds who are startled, or are triggered by an instinct to protect their owners or home.
Dog bite cases in Irvine often involve irregular injuries which result in serious scarring. Plastic surgery may be required to reduce the visibility and impact of the scars, and these medical visits may be spread across several years. This is why it is important to seek the advice of an experienced injury attorney with more than 40 years of experience in dog bite cases.
My name is Rivers Morrell, and I understand the nature of these cases and that many of them involve dog owners who are personally known by the victim and their family. Dog bite injuries are covered by homeowners or renters insurance, and as your attorney we must ensure that any settlement or verdict includes not only the expenses you’ve incurred to date, but future treatments for plastic surgery and physical therapy as well.
If you, a child, or someone you love has been bitten and injured by a dog in Irvine or Orange County we invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell or call to speak with us personally for a free consultation at (949)305-1400.