Representing Dog Bite Victims Throughout Southern California
When a person is bitten or attacked by a dog, the physical and emotional trauma that result can have a profound effect on his or her life. Many times the attack is completely unexpected, when an unrestrained dog bites a runner, a young child or a delivery or postal employee.
The primary source of recovery for medical treatment, future surgeries (such as scar remediation), lost wages as well as having to endure the pain and shock of the attack itself as well as the challenges of recovery is the homeonwers insurance of the dog owner.
In California dog owners are strictly liable for the actions of their pets and these injury cases can actually be quite legally and medically complicated.
Insurance companies want to minimize the apparent injuries so they can offer you a much lower settlement than you deserve. These cases involve many short and long-term complications and the insurance settlement must cover everything, past, present and future.
We only need to prove that our client was bitten by a dog and who owns the dog. California law provides a very clear legal path to hold dog owners financially responsible for any injuries their pets cause. These cases are usually covered by the pet owners’ homeowners or renters insurance.
We invite you to review the strong recommendations of his clients and the legal industry and contact Rivers Morrell or call today for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400 to speak with Rivers personally today to learn more about the process of a personal injury claim for a dog bite injury, as well as what you need to know about dealing with medical costs and the insurance company adjuster or representative.
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Recent Dog Bite Case Results:
We achieved a successful outcome in a dog bite case where our client was bitten by an off duty police canine. No offer was made by the dog owner (the County Sheriff), as they claimed the dog was locked up in the police vehicle. The public entity consistently refused to offer any money. We took the case to trial, and achieved a very substantial high six figure result.
In another dog bite case, our client was bitten by a dog whose owner had no insurance but owned their home outright. The dog’s owner refused to offer any money and claimed that the client was trespassing and therefore entirely at fault for the dog bite. After extensive discovery and depositions we went took the case to mediation, where the case settled for several hundred thousand dollars.
We recently won a dog bite case where our client was bitten in the arm. The insurance company tried to convince our client the injuries were minor. We ultimately obtained a judgment for our client of $457,000.
Dog Bite Injuries in Orange County, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire
California laws require dog owners to exercise constant control over their pets, and provide strict liability for victims of dog bites and attacks. My name is Rivers J. Morrell III, and I will work with you to protect your legal and financial interests, and hold the responsible parties accountable.
We will discuss what has happened and develop a strategy to help provide the medical treatment and emotional support needed to recover from what has happened.
Dog bites can cause serious injuries leaving permanent scarring as well as damage to underlying tissue such as nerves, ligaments and tendons. Plastic surgery may often be necessary, and in some cases multiple procedures are required to reduce the visibility and impact of a scar as much as possible.
We invite you to review the strong recommendations of his clients and the legal industry and contact Rivers Morrell or call today for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400 to speak with Rivers personally today to learn more about the process of a personal injury claim for a dog bite injury, as well as what you need to know about dealing with medical costs and the insurance company.
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If your child or a family member is bitten by a dog, there are some treatment steps you can take in the immediate aftermath, but we recommend that you seek immediate medical care at an emergency room or urgent care facility. Any dog bite that pierces the skin should be examined by your primary physician within 24 hours.
What Should You Do If You are Injured by a Dog Bite?
Tearing, Nerve Damage And Severe Scarring
Injuries from a dog bite can range from being knocked down or minor bite to severe and permanent damage. Many injuries occur to arms, legs and hands when a person tries to defend him or herself. Bites and injuries to the face can result in serious scarring requiring multiple surgeries to correct or minimize. These attacks can result in:
- Tearing or lacerations
- Punctures or teeth wounds
- Severe or disfiguring scars
- Nerve, ligament and tendon injury
- Infection and rabies
- Psychological issues such as PTSD
Dog bite treatment strategies are highly dependent upon the facts of each case, but most serious dog bites and attacks will require multiple medical treatments, plastic surgery and emotional counseling from a psychologist or psychiatrist. California is a “strict liability” state, and all of the medical expenses and financial damages associated with the attack are the responsibility of the dog owner. These cases are usually covered by homeowners insurance or renters insurance policies.
Contact An Experienced Attorney Today
Contact us or call today for a free consultation at (949)305-1400 and speak personally with an experienced Orange County, Los Angeles and Inland Empire dog bite attorney. Injuries to a child are handled much differently than adult personal injury cases. You can rely on my 40+ years of experience, as well as the recommendations of our clients, peers and the legal industry.
We will aggressively protect your interests and work to bring the best possible outcome in your case so that you can focus on recovering physically and emotionally from what has happened.