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. 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.
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.
Dog Bite Attorney with 40+ Years Experience
Dog Attacks In Mission Viejo
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 injuries.
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 at (949) 305-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a dog bite attorney in Orange County. 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.