Many of us heard the news yesterday as a pit bull kills one child and seriously injures another on their way to school in Atlanta. The children were simply walking to a bus stop when they were mauled by the dog. There are reports that a second dog was involved in the attack. Other children were cornered by the dogs, until a neighbor frightened them away. Both were taken to an area hospital, and one ultimately transferred to a trauma facility where he passed away. The dogs owner was originally charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct. The charges were upgraded to one count of involuntary manslaughter. While there may be debate in some circles, there is no question as to the law in a case like this if it were to happen here in California. The owner of the dogs would be strictly liable for the actions of his
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
Dog Bites can cause many different types of injuries, but one of the most frequent injuries are permanent scars that can result from injuries to the skin. The scarring injuries from dog bites often appear to be permanent in nature, and may require plastic surgery to reduce the appearance of. Many of these procedures can be very expensive and may not be covered by insurance. Luckily, if you have been bitten by someone else’s dog, the dog owner will be liable for your damages, including any medical bills (past and future) that result from the dog bite. California is a strict liability state which means that absent some very rare exceptions, a dog owner will be liable for any injuries caused from his dog’s bite. Typically, dog bite victims are familiar or possibly even friendly with the owner(s) of the dog that attacked them. The dog owner could be family, neighbors, or friends.
California law holds the owner of a pet financially responsible for any injuries they may cause. This means that LA dog owners are responsible for injuries 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
A local family was forced to stab a former police dog who attacked and mauled a Riverside man recently. The 20 year old man felt sorry for the dog and offered it a bowl of water. The dog put its paws on the mans chest, then took a bite out of his biceps. What followed was a vicious attack resulting in additional dog bites to his left leg and ankle. The german shepherd then dragged the man into the street to continue the attack. The family of the man tried punching and kicking the former police dog, but the animal would not release his victim. Eventually they were forced to confront the dog with steak knives in order to stop the attack and help the man. The man was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. The injured dog was taken by county animal control authorities for treatment and quarantine.
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
Unfortunately children are the most common victims of dog bites in Santa Ana. The natural curiosity of a child combined with the attraction to a furry looking friend is often the recipe for an unexpected dog attack resulting in serious injuries to the face, neck, torso, arms and legs. The types of wounds that result from a dog bite leave irregular “tears” in the skin often resulting in severe scarring. These types of scars can require multiple plastic surgeries across several months or years depending upon the location of the scar and its severity. My name is Rivers Morrell, and after more than 40 years of helping the citizens of Santa Ana and Orange county to recover financially for injuries received from dog bites I can tell you that helping a child through the healing process will consume most parents. Based upon my experience, my trial expertise and the recommendations
Scarring from dog bites often requires multiple plastic surgeries to correct or resolve. This is one reason it is important not to settle a dog bite injury case involving scarring with an insurance adjuster before consulting with an experienced injury attorney. The goal of an insurance adjuster is to settle your case as quickly as possible for the lowest possible dollar amount. Dog bites often leave wounds that result in severe scarring resulting in long term medical treatment plans. Initial insurance company offers will not reflect the actual costs you will bear over time, nor will they take into account the impact the attack has had upon the victim’s life. Dog bite injuries often result in damage to underlying tissue such as ligaments, tendons and nerves resulting in a loss in the range of motion in a finger, wrist, arm or leg. Physical therapy over a period of months is often
Have you, your child or a family member suffered injuries from a dog attack in Mission Viejo? Local attorney Rivers Morrell has more than 40 years of experience as a Mission Viejo dog bite and injury attorney. We invite you to visit the substantial information about dog bites and how these injuries are usually treated contained on our website. You will find information about how to treat wounds immediately after a dog attack, the steps the treatment of dog bite injuries usually follows, as well as detailed information on the types of injuries you may be facing and the medical care you will require. Learn about the risk of infection and how to reduce its likelihood following a dog bite. Dog bites tend to leave tearing injuries with irregular wounds that leave significant scarring. These cases may require multiple plastic surgeries to repair, as well as emotional counseling following many attacks. As
In California, if you have been attacked and bitten by another person’s dog, the dog’s owner is strictly liable for your injuries, and the financial damages caused as a result of the dog bite. Strict liability means the dog’s owner cannot argue when you have been injured from being bitten by another person’s dog. The dog’s owner cannot argue liability or “fault” for the incident, barring a few exceptions (such as if you intentionally provoke a dog). This is a very powerful tool to use in lawsuits, and provides our experienced attorneys the leverage necessary to achieve the best possible settlements for our dog bite clients. The statute for strict liability for a dog owner, as it relates to dog bites, was designed to prevent dogs from being a hazard to the community and to hold the dog owner responsible for the actions of their pet. It places the societal cost of dog bite injuries and damages on the