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6/2/2014 Bicycle Accident Case Settles for Driver's Policy Limits
The victim in an automobile versus bicycle accident has settled his claim for the $100,000.00 policy limits available.
11/4/2013 Lawsuit Filed in Orange County Trip and Fall
A lawsuit for personal injury has been filed on behalf of the firm's client after a serious fall within a Buena Park store in which the client badly fractured both arms.
2/18/2013 Glass Case Against Orange County Apartment Complex Settled
Last month the lawsuit against an Orange County apartment complex for an allegedly dangerous window was settled for $185,000.00. The firm had filed suit on behalf of a female resident after a window shattered near her bed cutting her leg severely, resulting in surgery and residual scarring.
9/3/2012 Case Resolved In Anaheim Bar Assault
Firm resolves assault victim's third-party case against bar owner in Anaheim. In spite of the fact the attackers were never identified by the police, the claim against the bar owner was a success.
4/18/2012 Firm Files Suit In Death of Lap Band Patient
The firm has filed suit after a 38-year-old woman died last April as a result of a lap band procedure in August of 2010. According to the Orange County Coroner's office, the patient's stomach had been perforated by the band.

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ESPN's Hannah Storm Returns to Work After Gas Grill Explosion

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 01/02/2013
On December 11th, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm was reportedly injured in a gas explosion involving her back yard BBQ. According to Yahoo Sports, Storm was injured when trying to re-ignite her propane gas grill. The grill exploded causing bad burns over a large part of her body and face.

Your Plastic Surgeon - What You Should Know

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 05/16/2012

 In spite of the media attention given to plastic surgery nightmares, many patients are still not doing their homework before selecting a cosmetic surgeon.  Unfortunately, because performing cosmetic procedures is a lucrative area of practice, many unqualified and poorly trained physicians are attracting patients who want to improve their appearance.  The results produced by these surgeons are often unappealing and occasionally even life-threatening.  To lessen the risk of a bad outcome a patient seeking plastic surgery should do at least some research into the practice history and qualifications of their surgeon.

When selecting a surgeon you should first ensure they are licensed to practice medicine in California and have at least a few years in practice under their belt.  You can do this by simply researching the doctor's name on the California Medical Board website.   This will also let you know if the doctor has a history of discipline by the Board and whether they have any reportable verdicts/settlements.  Since not every lawsuit or settlement is disclosed on the Medical Board's website, you should also look to the Orange County Superior Court's website to see if the doctor has a substantial history of lawsuits filed against them for malpractice.   One or two lawsuits filed in the course of a long career may not be a concern.  However, wouldn't you want to know if your doctor had ten lawsuits filed against them in the last five years?  Of course you would.  Finally, it is almost always a good idea to go to a plastic surgeon who has completed at least the minimum requirements to be board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.   While board certification is no guarantee the doctor will comply with the standard of care in any particular case, it may bring some level of assurance to the patient that the doctor is competent.

The list above is certainly not an exhaustive one in terms of best ensuring you select a good plastic surgeon.  You can also speak to the surgeon directly about their level of experience with a particular procedure.  Also, a good number of surgeons, if not the majority, will have photo galleries of their work for you to review either in their office or online.  With all of the resources available, finding a competent doctor is much easier now than it was 15 years ago.  Despite this, victims of medical malpractice often learn for the first time their doctor was unqualified only after their lives have been turned upside down.

Compensation for victims of medical malpractice committed by plastic and cosmetic surgeons should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a physician negligently harms a patient, they should be held accountable.  An Orange County medical malpractice attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has over 20 years of experience handling personal injury and medical negligence cases, including just this type.   He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been the victim of plastic surgery malpractice?

This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

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Vicious Dog Attack Captured On Video

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 04/24/2012

Another vicious dog attack has made the news.  According to a story released by KTLA news, two large dogs attacked three children and mauled a man trying to protect the children in Washington, D.C.  The incident was captured on video by a neighbor's surveillance camera.  The man who was mauled, Andre Hawthorne, is being hailed a hero for attempting to stop the attack on the children by getting in between.   Animal Control is reportedly still trying to locate the dogs and their owner.  

See the KTA article and video footage HERE.

What is so disturbing about this story and the video is the relentless nature of the attack.  The two large dogs follow one of the victims on top of a car and what looks like a stroller can be seen falling to the ground.  This shocking video is a testament to how violent a dog attack can be, especially when more than one dog is involved.  Other news coverage (KSDK, Channel 5) reveals that Hawthorne sustained serious bite wounds to both arms in the attack.  The dogs were described as "pit-bulls", and they had to be beaten bloody before they would release their hold on Hawthorne.   Hawthorne's injuries required sutures and both arms were heavily bandaged as a result of the attack.  Once the owner or owners of the dogs have been located, they could potentially face both criminal and civil responsibility for the attack.  Interestingly, Washington D.C. law requires that the owner of a "dangerous" dog maintain liability insurance of at least $50,000.00 for any personal injury their animal may cause.  California does not have any such requirement.

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a child or other victim is bitten and seriously injured, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim and their family.  An Orange County dog bite attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a vicious dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Slip and Fall Accidents - Protect Your Rights

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 04/04/2012

 Fortunately, not everyone has or will experience a slip or trip and fall accident in their lifetime.  However, this type of accident is becoming more and more common here in the United States as the average age of our population increases.  In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls.  These falls are often related to mobility issues common among the elderly, such as unstable or weak hips, knees or ankles.  However, when the neglect of a property or business owner causes or contributes to the happening of a fall, then the injured party should do all they reasonably can to protect their rights.  Absent taking certain, protective measures, a perfectly valid claim or lawsuit may be lost and the injured party may be denied some or all of the compensation they deserve.

The first thing to do when you are involved in any type of slip or trip and fall accident is to determine whether some artificial, dangerous condition played some role in the accident.  For example, if you were to take a fall in a retail store you would want to look at the floor to see if there is something on it (such as a liquid of some kind) that may have caused the fall.  If something dangerous is found, then steps should be taken to identify the source, if at all possible.  Identifying the source will likely aid in proving how long the condition existed and whether the store's employees knew or should have known of its existence.  The next thing to do is to document the scene of the accident with photographs, if at all possible.  Just about everyone carries a cell phone camera with them, and this would be the perfect time to put it to use.  Photographs of the condition causing the fall will likely go a long way to proving negligence, where it exists.  Next, a report (very short and concise) should be made to the property owner through their employees at or near the time of the accident.  If asked to write out an incident report narrative, careful attention should be paid to keeping the description of the accident as short and to the point as possible.  Finally, if there are any injuries sustained, medical attention should be sought and photographs take of any visible injuries.  If all of these steps are followed, then at a minimum the victim of a fall can rest assured they have done all they could to protect their rights, in the event they were harmed by some else's neglect.

Compensation for the victims of slip or trip and fall accidents, caused by a business owner's negligence, should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a business patron is injured because reasonable measures were not taken by a business owner to keep the property safe, the owner should be held accountable and compensation paid to the victim.   An Orange County injury attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a slip or trip and fall that could have been prevented?

This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Ortega Highway Crash Claims O.C. Victim

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 03/15/2012

A crash on Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore has claimed the life of a 20-year-old O.C. resident.  The accident happened late Wednesday night when the driver of a Ford F-150 reportedly lost control and drove up an embankment, causing the truck to overturn.  According to the news story in the Press Enterprise, the driver, Delbert Parada, and two of his passengers suffered only minor injuries.  However, the 20-year-old Orange County resident, Zachary Butcher, was pronounced dead at about 11:45 p.m. at the scene of the accident.  Shortly after the F150 overturned, a second truck collided with the F150, but that driver was reportedly unhurt in the collision.  Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in either accident.

See the Press Enterprise story HERE.

Ortega Highway between Orange and Riverside Counties has a notorious reputation for being dangerous.  A higher than average number of injury and fatal accidents reportedly occur on the Highway 74.  A quick search of "Ortega Highway accidents" on Google reveals just how prevalent automobile and motorcycle accidents are on the Ortega.  Given Highway 74's well-deserved reputation, it is the obligation of every driver to operate their vehicle in a manner safe for the prevailing conditions.  On a winding road, like Highway 74, every driver should ensure they are not traveling at a speed that might be too fast for the curves they are likely to encounter.  Failing to adjust your speed so as to accommodate for sudden, unexpected turns is negligent driving, which is likely to cause a tragic accident, like the one above.

Compensation for the victims of automobile accidents caused by a careless driver and/or a dangerous roadway should  be an important concern for all Californians.   When a driver operates their vehicle at a speed unsafe for the conditions, considering the curvature of the road and related hazards, they should be held accountable.   A California injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.   Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years years of experience handling automobile accident cases caused by unsafe roadways and negligent drivers.   He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in an accident caused by a careless driver and/or a dangerous roadway?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

San Diego County Postal Dies After Dog Attack

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 03/08/2012

A postal worker in San Diego County has died after being mauled by a pit bull four days earlier.  According to KTLA news, the 59-year-old victim, Diane Jansen of Sun City, was bitten by a pit bull while on her normal route last Thursday, and she died Sunday from a stroke while at Palomar Medical Center.  Jansen was bitten by the dog on both of her legs while doing her job on Carlann Lane and E. Washington Avenue in Escondido.  The dog reportedly came from a house through an open garage door.  According to the news article, when emergency responders arrived at the scene, Jansen developed slurred speech and became unresponsive, and she was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with bleeding on the brain.  From there, her condition worsened, and she died four days later, from a combination of the pit bull attack and heart disease.

See the KTLA news article HERE.

This tragic incident demonstrates just how serious a dog attack can be.  When a vicious dog attacks someone with a pre-existing condition, the outcome can be devastating to the victim and their family.  In this situation, the dog owner is strictly liable for the injuries sustained and even the death.  Under California law, a dog owner is strictly liable when their animal bites someone, regardless of whether or not the owner knew the dog was vicious and even if it had bitten no one in the past.  Beyond that, if the dog bites someone particularly susceptible to injury or death, the responsibility falls on dog owner as they take the victim as they find them.  It is no excuse that perhaps the average person would not have been as badly injured or died.  So long as the dog bite was a "substantial factor" in causing the fatality, the dog owner is liable for wrongful death.  While no amount of money can return the victim to their family, the surviving family members are entitled to be compensated for the loss of the society, care, comfort, love and affection occasioned by the wrongful death.

Compensation for the victims of serious dog bites should be an important concern for all Californians.  When someone is bitten and seriously injured or killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim and their family.   An Orange County dog bite attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.   Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a serious dog bite?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Police Van Involved in Orange County Crash

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 01/03/2012

Yesterday morning a Huntington Beach police van carrying five prisoners was hit by a white Toyota Camry at the intersection of Ward Street and Ellis Avenue in Fountain Valley.  All of the passengers were taken to area hospitals, and the driver of the Camry and one prisoner suffered traumatic injuries, according to a report by the Orange County Register.  The van was apparently transporting prisoners from Huntington Beach jail to the Orange County Detention Center when an unlicensed driver, Juan Ruiz of Santa Ana, ran a red light and crashed into the van.  Citing official sources, the Register reported that Ruiz was traveling southbound on Ward Street at about 40 miles per hour when he ran through a red light and collided with the police van.  

See the Orange County Register article and photographs HERE.

From the photographs taken at the accident scene, it is easy to understand how those aboard the police van could have sustained traumatic injuries.  The front of the police van and the front of the Camry were essentially demolished in the crash.  Even restrained passengers in an accident of this magnitude would likely suffer acceleration-deceleration type injuries.  As for responsibility, it would appear eyewitness accounts and physical evidence at the scene have led investigators to conclude Ruiz was to blame for the collision.  While his status as an unlicensed driver does not necessarily demonstrate fault, it may suggest a lack of driver training and experience contributing to the happening of the accident.  Ruiz apparently failed to keep his eyes on the road and the traffic signal ahead as he was traveling a reported 40 miles per hour.  From the photographs, it looks like it was foggy at the time of the accident and perhaps Ruiz did not adjust his speed to account for the limited visibility.

Compensation for the victims of serious automobile accidents caused by negligent drivers should be an important concern for all Californians. When a driver operates their vehicle without paying careful attention to the roadway, they should be held accountable for the injuries and damages they cause. An Orange County  injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling Orange County automobile accident cases, including those involving intersection collisions. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.


Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in an Orange County automobile accident?


Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Doctor at Urgent Care Accused of Molesting Female Patients

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 12/05/2011

According to a recent KTLA news story, an urgent care doctor at Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Group has been arrested and now stands accused of sexually molesting a number of his female patients.  The doctor, Ramon Fawzi Fakhoury, 35, has only been in practice in California since 2003.  The alleged assaults reportedly took place in June and July of this year.   One of the alleged victims is a 32-year-old woman who was treated by Fakhoury for chest pain in July. Two days after she was seen, the alleged victim reported to police that Fakhoury sexually assaulted her during the exam.  Fakhoury is now facing eight felony charges, and the Attorney General's office has filed a formal Accusation against him with the California Medical Board, claiming professional misconduct involving at least four patients.  Authorities say there may be additional victims.

See the KTLA news story HERE.   You can also review the documents filed with the Medical Board HERE.

The information on the Medical Board's website indicates Fakhoury is a graduate of a Caribbean medical school who has only been licensed as a physician for eight years.  It does not appear he had any history of discipline as of the time he reportedly molested at least four patients while working at the Loma Linda urgent care facility.  However, it is unknown what history of similar incidents may have been reported to other employers or medical groups with whom Fakhoury worked in the past.  According to the Medical Board's investigation, Fakhoury only worked at the Loma Linda urgent care for two months, between June and July of this year.  The Medical Board's website lists Fakhoury as practicing in family medicine, with no apparent board certification.  Assuming the truth of the allegations against him, Fakhoury could be facing considerable civil and criminal responsibility for the sexual assaults.  It remains to be seen whether Loma Linda University was negligent in hiring, training and/or supervising Fakhoury so as to cause or contribute to the happening of these incidents.

Compensation for victims of sexual assault perpetrated by a physician should be an important concern for all Californians. When a doctor molests a patient and causes them physical and/or emotion harm, they should be held accountable. An Orange County medical malpractice lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.   Mr. Ralph has over 20 years of experience handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases, including just this type. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been the victim of a sexual assault at the hands of a doctor?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Pit Bulls Maul Two Runners

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 11/29/2011

This past Sunday afternoon two runners in San Diego County were attacked by what has been described as a pack of pit bulls.  One of the runners reportedly lost chunks from his legs during the vicious mauling.  According to a story reported by the Associated Press,  the most seriously injured victim, 21-year-old Richard Garritson, underwent surgery to close the wounds to his legs.  His younger brother, John Garritson, tried to fend the dogs off with a stick and was also attacked by at least eight dogs.  Four of the dogs were put down at the owner's request, but the County Sheriff's Department is still considering whether to press criminal charges.   

See the AP/Yahoo News story HERE.

Dog attacks like the one above are both tragic and frustrating.  Large breed dogs, especially those with the reputation of pit bulls, should be confined by a fence or tethered unless the owner is otherwise under control.  The County of San Diego actually has ordinances intended to impose on dog owners a certain level of control and/or confinement over their animals.  A failure to keep dogs from roaming at large, as apparently happened in the case above, may result in a criminal charge against the owner.  (See San Diego County Code, Sec. 62.669. Restraint of Dogs Required).  Aside from criminal culpability, the owner of the pit bulls involved in the attack above face civil liability under California's dog bite law.  Under the Civil Code Section 3342, a dog owner is strictly liable if their dog bites and injures someone, regardless of whether or not the dog was known to have a vicious propensity.  While there are defenses available to the dog owner, much more often than not the owner (or their homeowner's insurance carrier) will be obligated to pay for all of the injuries and damages caused when their dog bites.  Imposing this civil obligation on dog owners is one more way of trying to ensure compliance with dog restraint laws.

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When an innocent victim is attacked and seriously injured or killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered. An Orange County injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Wet Roads In Orange County Lead To Injury Collisions

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 10/04/2011

Not too surprisingly, the wet roadways here in Orange County led to a number of traffic collisions this morning.  According to a story in the Orange County Register, a three-vehicle collision that occurred in La Habra left two drivers injured at a busy intersection.  The accident was reported to the La Habra Police Department at 7:50 a.m., and the caller indicated there had been a three vehicle collision on Lambert Road, east of Beach Boulevard. Also reported this morning was a two-vehicle collision on the northbound I-5, near Jeffrey Road.  In that accident, according to the Register, it appears the driver of a Honda Odyssey rear-ended a Ford F-150. Several other accidents along the I-5 occurred on the rain slick road.

 See the full Orange County Register article and photos HERE.

According to statistics compiled by the federal government, there are more than 6,301,000 motor vehicle crashes every year on U.S. roadways. Of those, about 24% (1,511,000) are weather-related. On average, 7,130 people are killed and over 629,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year. Road weather conditions contributing to those accidents include: rain, snow, ice and fog. The vast majority of these crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall. In an average year, 17 percent of fatal crashes, 22 percent of injury crashes, and 25 percent of property-damage-only collisions occur when an adverse weather condition and/or slick pavement is present. Rain like we experienced this morning and as is expected tomorrow, impacts visibility distance, pavement friction and lane obstruction, contributing to the happening of traffic accidents and injuries. In these weather conditions, it is important for drivers to take appropriate steps to minimize the risk of an accident. Here are some examples:

  • Make sure your brakes are functioning properly ("ride" the brakes for a short distance to dry them out once they have gotten wet)
  • Slow down (slick pavement can double your vehicle's stopping distance)
  • Avoid aggressive braking
  • Double your following distance
  • Practice defensive driving

Compensation for the victims of automobile accidents caused by a driver's negligence should be an important concern for all Californians. When a driver fails to adjust their driving to adverse weather conditions and causes a serious or fatal accident, they should be held accountable. An Orange County auto accident attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years years of experience handling automobile accident cases, including those involving negligent drivers. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

 Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in an Orange County motor vehicle accident?

 Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Pitbull Attack Leaves 7 Year-Old Severely Injured and Her Family Needing Help

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 07/10/2011

A 7 year-old girl, Shay Sisson, was attacked and her face mauled by a neighbor’s pitbull in Simi Valley.  According to KTLA News, the attack occurred on April 25th and after weeks of recovery, Shay’s scars are still healing and her medical bills are piling up.  The Sisson family has indicated some of the surgeries that Shay will need in the future are not covered by insurance because they are considered “cosmetic” in nature.  Those interested in helping this little girl and her family can email Brandi Hitt at: Brandi.hitt@ktla.com.

See the KTLA story, photographs and video HERE.

The owners of the pitbull that attacked Shay, absent extraordinary circumstances, are liable for all of the injuries and damages occasioned by the attack.  This includes the cost of future surgery as well as the pain, discomfort and scarring associated with any subsequent procedures.  Any civil claim brought on behalf of Shay, presumably by an adult family member, can only be resolved with the court’s approval, to ensure any such settlement was in the best interests of the child.  However, injuries like those depicted in the KTLA photographs carry a substantial value, and it is unknown whether the neighbor’s homeowner’s insurance would be sufficient to fully compensate Shay for all that she has gone through and will need in the way of further medical care.

Compensation for the victims of serious dog bites should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a victim is attacked and badly injured, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages sustained.  An Orange County personal injury attorney with experience at handling such dog bite cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has 20 years of experience handling injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog attack?

  • Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Dogs Maul and Kill Woman in Moreno Valley

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

On November 2, 2010, a 53 year-old woman was found dead behind her home in Moreno Valley.  It was later determined that a neighbor's dogs, pit bull mixes, were responsible.  Forensic analysis revealed Christina Casey had died from dog bites to her throat and body.

According to news reports, Ms. Casey was in the process of moving from her home partly because the dogs repeatedly broke through her fence.  Because of the nature and severity of the attack, the dogs were euthanized earlier this week.  Investigators are planning to present the case to the Riverside County district attorney's office, seeking involuntary manslaughter or neglect charges against the owner, whose name has not been released.  Police say the owner has been cooperative in the investigation.

While fatal dog attacks are rare, this case does demonstrate the power of a dog's bite, particularly in the larger breeds.  Pit bulls are known for their ferocity and the power of their bite.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, Rottweilers were responsible for half of dog bite related fatalities during the study between 1993 through 1996.  Pit bull-type dogs were reportedly responsible for 1/3 of such fatalities over a twelve year period.  These two breeds and their mixes are reportedly the top two on the list of the most dangerous dogs.  Together, these two breeds were involved in 60% of human dog bite related fatalities.

Compensation for the victims of serious or fatal dog bites is an important concern for all Californians.  When a victim is attacked and badly injured or even killed, the dog's owner should be held accountable for any injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County trial lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 19 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog bite?

  • Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

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