K-9 units are an invaluable tool for law enforcement and allow police officers to take down criminals that they may not have been able to without the help of a police dog. Unfortunately, police dogs are also a danger to the public. Since, at the end of the day, they are animals, they can be unpredictable and hard to control once they are unleashed. Also, most police dogs are trained and ordered to inflict harm.
Lawsuits involving police dogs can be tricky. If you were wrongfully injured after an attack by a police dog, we urge you to seek legal counsel.
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Police Dog Bites
Some experts estimate that injuries from dog bites, including bites from police dogs, seriously injure over 350,000 people across the country each year. It can be difficult to determine who is liable if an innocent person is the victim of a police dog attack.
Many police dogs effectively assist law enforcement in arresting hundreds of criminals without incident. But, it only takes one time for a dog to attack an innocent person. One moment of negligence can lead to a tragic situation.
Because police dogs are trained to attack dangerous criminals, the law does protect police from liability to some extent. This protection, however, usually only extends to situations that result in an arrest. If someone was attacked by a police dog while evading arrest, for example, the injuries occurred during the course of an arrest and the dog did what it was trained to do. The police officer would not be held responsible for attacks of this nature.
On the other hand, however, a person’s civil rights are protected in instances of a police dog attack if they are innocent. If a police dog escaped captivity, for example, and bit an innocent party. The police department would be held accountable for not preventing the attack from occurring.
Risks Associated with K-9 Units
The details surrounding a potential police dog bite claim can be confusing. In the event of a police dog attack of an innocent party, we strongly encourage victims to consult with an experienced dog bite lawyer.
Regular citizens are not the only potential victims of police dog attacks. Police officers themselves are at risk of a dog bite when handling a canine. There have been cases where police officers have sued the Police Department’s they work for after being attacked by a police dog while on-duty.
If a handler loses control of the animal and the dog attacks another officer, the police department can be held accountable for the injuries that occur.
Contact an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer
If you have been the victim of a police dog attack and suffered injuries as a result, you may be eligible to receive significant compensation for your injuries, medical expenses and other damages related to the attack.
At the Citrin Law Firm, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of innocent injury victims who suffered harm by the actions or negligence of another person or entity. We believe that if you’ve been injured due to no fault of your own, you deserve both compassion and compensation for your condition.
To ensure that every Alabama injury victim can afford access to top legal counsel, we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our law firm to represent you, there is never any cost to you until we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether by a jury verdict or through a settlement with the other parties involved.
Additionally, we offer free case evaluations to anyone who believes that they may have cause to file a dog bite injury claim. During an evaluation, one of our staff will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your injuries.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Alabama dog bite injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.