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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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Scarring injuries from Dog Bites

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.

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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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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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Children Most Common Victims of Dog Bites in Santa Ana

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

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If You Have Been Bitten By a Dog You Need to Speak to a Lawyer Immediately

As a lawyer that has dealt with many dog bite cases ranging from severe injuries leaving permanent nerve damage and permanent scars, to less severe injuries involving cuts and scrapes, one thing that I do know for certain is that if you have been bitten by a dog resulting in injury, you need to consult with an attorney. Dog bite cases are very different from vehicle accident cases. For a dog bite case, there can be many different parties that may be liable for your injuries. For instance, typically the owner of the dog will be strictly liable to you due to California laws. However, most people are unaware that if the dog owner was renting a house, the homeowner may also be liable depending on the facts of the case. Additionally, if the dog owner was renting or living in a house with a homeowner’s association, the HOA may

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