A Type of Dog bite
Here is another time of police dog taking a bite out of someone. This time it was a Veteran Los Angeles police officer that was severely injured when a police dog had bit him in the calf. This was during a search for a missing shotgun in the South L.A. area, according to the police officials.
The police officers had been searching the streets near the South Vermont Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after a locking mechanism had broke and then the shotgun had fell off of the police motorcycle sometime that Thursday afternoon.
The police K-9 dog was brought in, in hopes to help with the search, according to LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman. That is when the dog at some point, bit the officer.
Officer Dog Bite
The officials say that the dog bit a pretty good chunk out of the officer’s leg. The officer’s partner had used the first-aid trauma kit, which was luckily approved by the Police Commission for the officers earlier in the year. The officer used the kit to make a tourniquet for the officers leg. One of the LAPD official’s said that the tourniquet likely saved that officer’s life.
Officer Neiman says that it’s unclear what could have caused the dog to bite the officer’s leg like that. The officer had to be quickly taken to the local hospital and then he had to be taken for surgery.
USC had a safety event not long after the dog bite and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had mentioned that one of his officers was recently “severely injured”. The chief also said he would be heading to the hospital after “delivering the keynote address”.
The officers never did find the missing weapon piece.
So you see dogs, as much as you love and train them can have bursts like this for some reason or what seems to be no reason at all. Always be cautious with an animal. While they love you as much as you love it, you never know when they don’t understand or misunderstand what the situation is. A dog bite is not something to be taken lightly either.
Daniel Gibalevich – Dog Bite Attorney Los Angeles
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog or animal bite and you would like to learn more about how to recover damages from your injuries, please contact the California personal injury attorneys at the DAG Law Firm for support in making informed decisions about your case.
Strict Liability and the One Bite Rule
Each year, millions of dog bite cases are reported across the United States with many that go unreported. Experiencing an attack by a dog can be terrifying and traumatic and can cause significant injury. In the state of California, a “Strict Liability” statute is enforced in situations where dogs attack and injure another person. The “One Bite Rule” does not apply and owners are 100% responsible and liable for compensation associated with any injuries suffered by their dog.
Understanding Your Case
Depending on the severity of an injury as well as case specifics, a dog owner may be held accountable at both a civil and criminal level. There are multiple varieties of dog bite lawsuits within the state of California and it is important to clearly understand the nature of your case to determine whether it was the result of Negligence, Scienter (knowledge of a dog’s prior history of aggression) or Intentional Tort (an owner’s intent for a dog to exhibit aggressive behavior).
Comparative Negligence and the “Bad Dog” Exception
The skilled attorneys at the DAG Law Firm will assist you in knowing clearly whether you are liable for Comparative Negligence (a victim’s level of responsibility in the provocation of the dog’s aggression) as well as the “Bad Dog” exception, in which signs are clearly displayed on the property, indicating “Beware of Dog.” In some cases, a property owner or landlord may be held liable for damages caused by a tenant’s dog if they had prior knowledge of aggressive. Other conditions, such as a landlord’s failure to enforce dog removal when a tenant breaches a “No Dog” policy in their rental agreement may result in property owner liability.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Victims of dog bite accidents may suffer severe physical injuries as well as psychological and emotional traumas that may include:
- Puncture Wounds
- Broken Bones and Bone Dislocation
- Lacerations, Contusions and Abrasions
- Cosmetic Disfigurement
- Psychological and Emotional Trauma
Compensation for your Dog Bite Injuries
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a result of a dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Payment for current and ongoing medical expenses
- Payment for mental health treatment
- Payment for emotional and psychological distress
- Payment for loss of wages and income earning ability
- Payment for pain and suffering
Speak to an Attorney – Dog Bite Attorney Los Angeles
Daniel A. Gibalevich
DAG Law Firm