LA Dog Owners are Responsible When Their Dog Bites

California law holds the owner of a pet “strictly liable” for any injuries they may cause.  This means that LA dog owners are responsible when their dog bites a child, neighbor, family member, friend or total stranger.  Does the dog’s owner have to write the check personally?  No, the homeowners insurance or renters insurance of the dog’s owner is responsible for financial reimbursement of all recoverable financial costs associated with a dog bite in Los Angeles.

Unfortunately, dog bite injuries can be quite severe resulting in severe scarring that requires plastic surgery.  Dog bite wounds tear at the skin and underlying tissues including ligaments, nerves, tendons, muscles and other tissue.  This can result in a substantial scar, often in a very visible area such as the face, neck or torso.  Children are most often the victim in dog bite injury cases here in Los Angeles.  The natural inclination of a child is to engage a pet dog to pet them and say hello.  Some animals react to this in perceived defense of their owner or out of surprise.  By the time the dog’s owner realizes what is happening their pet has caused a serious injury.

It is important to understand that infection is actually one of the most significant risks associated with a dog bite injury.  The common myth that a dog’s mouth is more sterile than a human’s is simply not true.  Wash the area in warm water with soap, and seek immediate medical attention.

LA dog owners are responsible when their dog bites causing injury and you need to consult with and hire a proven injury lawyer.  My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience in these cases I can tell you it is important to work with an experienced injury attorney who understands the nature of these cases.  If you know the dog’s owner well we will preserve that important relationship and work on the insurance company to maximize recovery for your losses and recoverable expenses.

We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call 949-305-1400 to speak with me personally for a free consultation.  There is no cost to you out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis.

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