Police departments across California use K9 unites. All too often these dogs attack unsuspecting innocent individuals causing severe injuries. Under California Statute, law enforcement is able to use trained dogs in their field work including capturing suspects and finding evidence. Specially trained k9 unites are specifically trained not to severely harm. These dogs are trained not to bite in areas such as the neck, face, or spinal column. However in many instanced these gods attack in a manner which results in sever bodily harm to an individual’s arms or legs.
For the most part government agencies are immune from Dog attacks
by k9 unites. However, in certain instances state and local agencies may be held liable for dog bite and injuries resulting from dog attacks. If a police dog attacked a person and the court found the attack to be an unreasonable use of force then the victim if the dog bite may have a claim against the city and state government.
California Police Dog Laws:
California Civil Code section 3342 provides as follows:
(b) Nothing in this section shall authorize the bringing of an action pursuant to subdivision (a) against any governmental agency using a dog in military or police work if the bite or bites occurred while the dog was defending itself from an annoying, harassing, or provoking act, or assisting an employee of the agency in any of the following:
(1) In the apprehension or holding of a suspect where the employee has a reasonable suspicion of the suspect’s involvement in criminal activity.
(2) In the investigation of a crime or possible crime.
(3) In the execution of a warrant.
(4) In the defense of a peace officer or another person.
(c) Subdivision (b) shall not apply in any case where the victim of the bite or bites was not a party to, nor a participant in, nor suspected to be a party to or a participant in, the act or acts that prompted the use of the dog in the military or police work.
(d) Subdivision (b) shall apply only where a governmental agency using a dog in military or police work has adopted a written policy on the necessary and appropriate use of a dog for the police or military work enumerated in subdivision (b)
Contact of Dog bite attorney to see if you have a potential claim against your local police department
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Common injuries from dog bites by police include traumatic brain damage
from falling down, torn ligaments and joints, laceration to the arms and legs, hemorrhaging, facial lacerations and permanent scarring from dog bite wounds.
If you have been injured by a Law Enforcement Dog Bite Attack
contact our California Dog Bite lawyers today. We will be able to determine if you have a claim against your police department.