LA Dog Bite Injuries and Scarring
The Los Angeles metropolitan area experiences dozens of dog bites each day. Some may be minor requiring treatment at home including flushing with warm water and treatment to prevent infection. A serious Los Angeles dog bite will require treatment in an urgent care facility or emergency room. Dog bite injuries can be quite severe due to the tearing nature of dog attacks. Flesh wounds are uneven and often leave substantial scarring that must ultimately be repaired by plastic surgery.
My name is Rivers Morrell, and I have more than 40 years of experience in dog bite injury cases as an LA personal injury attorney serving the metropolitan Los Angeles area. These injuries can be quite severe resulting in damage not only to the skin and underlying tissue, but to ligaments and tendons as well.
What Should You Do if you are Injured by a Dog Bite?
Unfortunately, more than half of dog bite injuries are suffered by children. Children are naturally inquisitive and tend to engage any dog they come into contact with. Dog attacks on children often result in serious injuries resulting in scars to the face, torso, arms and legs. When a child is scarred by a dog attack, the resulting injuries have a tremendous impact on the child’s self-esteem. In many cases it is not only necessary to prepare for multiple plastic surgeries to correct their appearance, but to seek emotional counseling as well. In serious cases “Re-Mirroring” therapy involving the child’s family, friends, teachers and other trusted family acquaintances is required to help them to deal with what has happened and to learn to live with any permanent scars or marks.
Who is Financially Responsible for Dog Bites in LA
Here in Los Angeles and throughout California the dog’s owner is strictly liabile for any injuries it may cause. The primary source of financial reimbursement for medical bills, plastic surgery, occupational and physical therapy and psychological counseling and support is the dog owner’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.
Most Los Angeles dog bite victims know the owner of the dog who bit them quite well. In many cases the dog’s owner is an extended family member, close friend or a neighbor. Many clients ask initially if we have to sue their family member, friend or neighbor. At the Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell III we are sensitive to the underlying relationships and work to make the process as smooth as possible.
While it is likely that a lawsuit will be brought against the insurance of the dog owner, and perhaps the owner themselves most of these cases are settled out of court. Not all injury attorneys are alike. Insurance companies know that I have extensive experience at trial and am prepared to put your case before a jury if necessary. This ensures that you receive the best possible outcome in your case. I invite you to review the comments and recommendations of my clients, peers and the legal industry.
Contact a Los Angeles Dog Bite Lawyer with More than 40 Years of Experience
If you or a loved one have suffered dog bites in LA that have resulted in injuries requiring medical treatment we invite you to call for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400. There is no cost to you out of pocket as we handle our cases on a contingency fee basis. Our clients value our responsive, informative style and the professionalism with which their cases are managed. We will work together to resolve your case, and ensure that the victim of a dog bite has every opportunity to fully recover from what has happened and move forward with their life.