Mission Viejo is a master-planned community in south-eastern Orange County, and home to more than 100,000 people. The quality of our residential communities, condos and rental properties offers some of the highest home values in the US. As a result, homeowners and renters alike are required to carry substantial insurance to protect their assets and the liabilities associated with owning a dog. In California, a dog owner is “strictly liable” for injuries caused by a dog bite or attack. If you or a family member is injured by a dog you should seek a local Mission Viejo dog bite attorney with experience, trial skill and a track record of success in Mission Viejo dog bite cases.
My name is Rivers Morrell, and my offices are conveniently located off of Crown Valley Parkway here in Mission Viejo. I invite you to review the comments of our clients, and the recommendations of the legal industry. After more than 40 years of experience as an injury attorney, I can tell you that not all injury attorneys are alike. This is especially important in dog bite injury cases. Most injury attorneys have far less trial experience, and many have never taken a case to trial themselves. Why is this important?
Insurance companies pay close attention to the skills, experience, and expertise of each and every personal injury attorney. If an attorney is willing to take a case to trial and achieves successful verdicts for their clients the insurance companies know they have a higher risk of “losing” a case. The majority of cases are settled prior to trial. The amount an insurance company will offer and pay is largely associated with the quality of your legal representation. Many attorneys develop a reputation for settling all of their cases. The insurance company knows there is no risk that this case will go before a jury and therefore offer substantially less to the injured victims.
Dog bite cases often require long term medical treatment, especially in cases of scarring and trauma. Multiple plastic surgeries may be required to reduce the impact of scarring. Extensive psychological care may be required to help the victim to deal with the trauma of the dog attack, as well as the impact result scars have upon their own appearance. There is only one opportunity to resolve a case with an insurance company and you cannot go back to them for expenses down the road.
If you, a child, or a family member has been attacked by a dog resulting in injuries, we invite you to contact an experienced Mission Viejo Dog Bite attorney for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400. There is no cost to you out of pocket.