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Dog Bite Injuries in Mission Viejo

Have you, a child or a loved one suffered dog bite injuries in Mission Viejo or southern Orange County?  Rivers Morrell is a Mission Viejo dog bite injury attorney with more than 40 years of experience.  We understand the nature of dog bite injuries and the long term impact these types of injuries can have upon a child or adult.  Dog bites are tearing actions which leave irregular wounds which often result in severe scarring.  Several plastic surgeries may be required to reduce the visibility of scars, especially when the injuries are to the face, hands and arms or torso of the victim. Dog bite injuries often result in damage to underlying tendons, muscles and ligaments affecting mobility or range of motion.  It may be necessary to ensure physical therapy or occupational therapy is considered by the insurance company as part of the settlement. In many cases there is also

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Experienced Mission Viejo Dog Bite Injury Attorney

If you, your child or a family member has been bitten by a dog in Mission Viejo you need an experienced Mission Viejo dog bite injury attorney.  My name is Rivers Morrell, and for more than 40 years I have served injury victims and their families from my office in Mission Viejo.  Dog bite cases can be legally and socially quite complex.  You see, the owner of a dog is “strictly liable” in California for the injuries caused by their pet.  The twist is most children or people who are bitten by a dog know the owner of the dog personally.  Often it is an extended family member or personal friend.  Many of our dog bite clients have been concerned about whether or not we would sue their friend or family member.  This is about insurance, and we are not going to harass your loved ones or neighbors.  We carefully

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Experienced Dog Bite Attorney for Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the most populated city in California, so it is not surprise that it is the city that records the most dog bites and injuries to people from dot bites.  If you have been the victim of a dog bite, it is important to know your rights and legal options on how to proceed, and how to pay for your medical bills and treatment.  You need an experienced dog bite attorney for Los Angeles who can work to maximize your financial recovery for injuries and associated medical expenses and lost wages. Unfortunately, most victims of dog bites actually know the dog’s owners. The dog’s owners are usually family members, friends, or neighbors. As a result of this, many people are hesitant to pursue an insurance claim for their injuries sustained from the dog bite. Many people feel that if they make a claim against someone they know, it

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What To Do If You Are Bitten By A Neighbors Dog

Many people that are bitten by a neighbors dog or that of a friend are unsure of what are the proper steps for them to take in the aftermath. The first thing most people do, is get the proper medical care at the emergency room or urgent care to care for their wound. However, after receiving medical treatment, people are put in the awkward place of approaching the dog’s owner to discuss the liability for the dog bite. California is a strict liability state, which means that absent very rare exceptions, if a dog bites you, the dog’s owner is automatically liable for your damages. What this means is, if you are bitten by a dog, the dog’s owner is responsible for your medical bills and treatment, and any pain and suffering that you may have sustained from the bite. If the dog owner is a home owner, most home

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Dog Bites in Riverside County

Over the past few years there have been an influx of people moving from Orange County and Los Angeles County into the cities of Riverside County including Corona, Murrieta, and Temecula. Many people find the home prices more affordable in Riverside, so they move for home ownership. Many of these homeowners are also dog owners. Due to the high percentage of dog ownership, there has been a correlating high number of dog bites in Riverside County and especially in these cities with population growth. Fortunately, injuries caused by a dog are typically covered by the dog owner’s homeowner insurance policy. Most homeowner insurance policies (and even some renter’s insurance policies) provide coverage for damages caused by dog bites including: medical expenses, lost income from missing work, expenses for future medical treatment (which may include physical therapy, scar revision therapy, etc.), pain and suffering, and other damages as well. Without an

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Los Angeles County Dog Bite Attorney

Among the hazards of owning or playing with a pet, LA dog bites are surely the most common and expensive injuries that can take place. Although most pet dogs are friendly and well trained, dog bites can still occur with devastating results to victims. Unlike popular conception, most bites occur from dogs that you have seen before such as a neighbor’s dog, or a friend or family’s pet. It is the familiarity that makes victims of dog bites so surprised and unsure what to do when they occur.  My name is Rivers Morrell, and as a Los Angeles County dog bite attorney with more than 40 years of experience I can tell you that recovering for the medical bills and financial expenses associated with a dog attack is based upon the homeowners insurance or renters insurance of the pet’s owner. If they happen to be a friendly neighbor or family

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Dog Bite Injuries in Los Angeles

If you have suffered dog bite injuries in Los Angeles it is important to contact an experienced LA dog bite attorney who can help you to recover your financial costs and the future expenses associated with recovery.  Dog bite injuries often leave uneven tearing wounds that result in serious scars.  A dog bite injury often requires plastic surgery down the road to hide or minimize the impact of scarring.  It is important to understand how insurance works in these cases, and not to settle with an insurance company before speaking with an experienced lawyer. Dog bite injuries in Los Angeles are the responsibility of the dog’s owner.  The renter’s insurance or homeowner’s insurance of the dog’s owner will pay for the medical costs and other expenses associated with a dog bite.  Many dog bite injuries in Los Angeles occur in homes of people who are well known to the victim

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Common Injuries Caused by Dog Bites

What are some of the common injuries caused by dog bites in Orange County and Los Angeles? Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but unfortunately, not all dogs are friendly and sometimes they can attack humans intentionally or on accident, and cause injuries. Dog bite injuries can range from the mild to extreme, sometimes requiring extension rehabilitation, treatment, and surgical procedures. The most common injuries inflicted from a dog bite include scratches from their claws, and puncture wounds from bites. Severe dog bites can cause serious lacerations and puncture wounds that tear the skin and muscle.  These wounds often result in scarring and require plastic surgery to repair. Minor puncture wounds may be able to heal on their own. However, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention for any puncture wounds from a dog, as their bites can typically cause infection and complications if not treated and cleaned

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Dog Bite Injuries Often Result in Scarring

Orange County reports an average of 3 to 5 dog bites every day.  The wounds resulting from a dog attack are often rough tearing injuries.  This is the reason dog bite injuries often result in scarring requiring the attention of a plastic surgeon.  Who pays for the medical expenses, physical therapy and plastic surgery resulting from dog bite injuries and scarring? In California, the dog owner is “strictly liable” for a dog bite injury.  These costs are borne by the homeowners insurance or renters insurance of the dog owner.  The fact is the majority of dog bite victims are actually children, and most victims know the owner of the dog personally.  In many cases the dog’s owner is a family member, close family or neighbor.  Many of our clients are concerned about having to file a lawsuit against their family member or friends to recover for dog bite injuries. My

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What Happens If You Get Bitten By a Friend’s Dog

Many people are confronted with the dilemma of what to do when they get bitten by a friend’s dog and injured. Unfortunately, even if they are seriously injured, most people are hesitant to do anything because of their relationship with the dog’s owner. They figure that their own insurance will cover their medical expenses, and they are too concerned about the relationship to cause any conflict. However, most people are unaware that most homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for dog bites. For example, if you have been bitten by a friend’s dog or a neighbor’s pet their homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance will likely provide coverage for your injuries. There is very high potential value in dog bite cases. Dog bites typically leave permanent injuries such as scars and wound marks that will remain for life. Permanent injuries such as these are valued high by insurance companies in settlement values. Furthermore,

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