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POLICE DOG ATTACK INJURIES

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Getting attacked by a dog can cause a lot of serious injuries that can lead to physical, emotional and financial suffering. California has a strict liability statute which means the owner of the dog is held responsible the moment a bite occurs.

But what happens if the dog is part of a government entity? The first thing you should do if you get attacked by a dog, is contact an experienced attorney who can evaluate your case and look to see what the best option is.

Police departments across California use K9 unites to assist in law enforcement. Dogs are extremely intelligent and can help detain a suspect, pursue a suspect, identify a suspect by his scent, detect illegal substances, deter crime, protect officers and control crowds. K9 units are specifically trained to not severely harm individuals, including avoiding any bites in areas such as the neck, face or spinal cord. Although, for the most part government agencies are immune from dog attacks by K9 units, there are times when police dogs attack the wrong person or are not trained in a proper way making them liable in certain situations. Again, the best way to deal with any dog attack is by contacting an experienced personal injury attorney with knowledge and expertise in government entities.

California civil code section 3342 states that no one can bring a lawsuit upon a government entity using a dog in any of the following:

  • in the apprehension or holding of a suspect where the employee has a reasonable suspicion of the suspect’s involvement in criminal activity
  • in the investigation of a crime or possible crime
  • in the execution of a warrant
  • in the defense of a peace officer or another person

Bite incidents needs to be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether the dog was necessary, the handler issued the correct commands, and the use of force was justified. It’s also important to note down information such as: the severity of the crime, the behavior of the victim, the personal characteristics of the victim such as race and ethnicity should be tracked to determine whether dogs are used against certain people and not others.

Police dogs are extremely dangerous due to the way they were trained. Dogs are taught a bite-and-hold technique for subduing individuals suspected of crimes. This type of technique applies a greater force which results in more serious injuries, including deep puncture wounds, severe crush injuries, large tissue avulsions and lacerations, wounds necessitating surgical debridement, bony injuries ranging from cortical violations to displaced fractures, neurovascular damage and other wounds prone to infections. If you’ve suffered an injury from a police dog, contact a personal injury attorney in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm immediately.

Call a Personal Injury Attorney in Sacramento For Help

Whether you or a loved one suffered one single bite, or a more devastating attack, you deserve an attorney who cares about your situation and is here to help make sure you are fully compensated for your injury. Our American system of law is set up only one way- to repay you for your loss with money. The insurance companies have one job – to pay you as little as possible and keep expenses as low as possible for their company. You must level the playing field by having an attorney on your side, who will fight to make sure justice is done.
 
Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a personal injury attorney in Sacramento who can handle your case and take the burden off your hands.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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WHY DOGS ATTACK KIDS

Fairfield Dog Bite Attorney Explains Why Dogs Attack Kids

According to the Center for Decease Control (“CDC”) more than 4.7 million dog bites happen every year in the United Stated. While most of them do not require medical attention, however roughly 800,000 will seek medical treatment. About 400,000 of those who will seek medical attention are children.

While we do not regularly hear about dog bites. However, the ones that we do hear about are extreme, often horrific and involve children. The problem with young children is that have not learned to be weary of dogs because they do not know about their ability to attack, bite and even kill. Children do not understand the concept boundaries and do not pick up body language. To kids, dog is another toy they can squeeze, jump on and hub.

It is hard to get into the mind of an animal and put a finger on what exactly made the animal attack. But we have to remember that though they are domesticated the dog are animals. Often a child will grab and pull the dog’s fur, ear or tail causing the dog to bite. You must understand that dog cannot speak and biting is their way of letting you know – I don’t like it.

However, some attacks are unprovoked. Dogs attack children for the same reason they chase cats and squires. Children like to run causing the dog’s predatory instinct to take over the begin to chase and bite. Children are also small and an easy target. Children between ages 5 to 9 years old are most likely be bitten by a dog requiring medical treatment.

Next, the California Civil Code section 3342 is known as the California’s Dog Bite Statute. It is states in pertinent part that:

“(a) The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

However, just because the states that the owner of the dog is responsible for the injures his/her dog causes it does not mean that that owner will automatically pay you. Most of us don’t have thousands of dollars lying around just in case we cause someone to be injured. Similarly, dog owner’s do not put money into their savings bank account to pay people they might injure.

Even suing and obtaining a judgement again the dog owner might not put money in your pocket. Judgements for negligence may take years to collect or at worse be discharged in bankruptcy court if the dog owner files for bankruptcy.

So, to recover against a dog owner he or she must have insurance to cover the dog. Best available insurance is a home owner’s policy or renter’s insurance policy.

A Fairfield dog bite attorney can help you determine avenues which are best for you to recover payments for your medical bills resulting from a dog bite, possible corrective plastic surgery (if needed) and for pain and suffering. An attorney may hire a private investigator to go and speak with the home owner. Attorneys also have resources to determine if the dog owner is a home owner and whether the dog owner has insurance to cover the incident. Attorney will work with animal control to get the best result possible for you and your family.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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WHICH ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS BREEDS?

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER HELPS VICTIMS OF DANGEROUS DOG ATTACKS IN Fairfield, CA

Any dog who is raised incorrectly or treated poorly is capable of attacking a human and seriously injuring them. United States insurance companies pay out almost $500 million to victims of dog attacks each year and most insurance carriers maintain list of restricted breeds because although any type of dog can attack a human, statistics suggest that there are certain dangerous dog breeds that may be more likely to bite or attack a human than others. It’s important that, if you’ve been attacked by a dog in the state of California, you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at our firm for free consultation.

According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the following dog breeds are statistically more dangerous:

  • Pit Bulls – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports 66 dog bite-related deaths from 1979-1988 and in 2013, pit bulls accounted for 78% of the 2 dog bite fatalities. Over 700 U.S. cities have regulations restricting pit bulls.
  • Rottweilers – Although rottweilers are generally calm, they can be territorial and aggressive towards strangers. The CDC reports 39 deaths from 1979-1988. If combined with Pit Bull breeds, they become a much more dangerous breed.
  • German Shepherds – These dogs are extremely intelligent and are often used as a guard dog, police dog or seeing eye dog. Because of their police work, they have been considered a dangerous breed and are “banned” in certain areas. The CDC reports 17 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Huskies – These dogs are known for their beauty and athleticism, especially working as sled dogs but if not properly trained, they can be extremely aggressive. The CDC reports 15 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Malamute – These dogs, although similar in appearance to the husky type, they are stronger, possessing wolf ancestry in their breed history, causing 12 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Doberman Pinschers – Often used as guard dogs, dobermans are extremely loyal but also very fatal. The CDC reports 9 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
  • Chow Chow – These breeds are extremely territorial and protective of their property and people. Their temperament has resulted in 8 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988. Only experienced dog owners who have the time and energy to devote proper training should consider owning this breed.

Other breeds that are considered dangerous are:

  • Great Danes
  • St. Bernards
  • Bullmastiff
  • Akita
  • Presa Canario
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Dachshund

If you’ve been a victim of a dog attack from one of the above breeds or another type of dog, don’t wait to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Dog owners are reliable for maintaining their breeds and ensuring they are properly trained and socialized. If you’ve been injured, you can be entitled to compensation.

Regardless of the dog breed, California’s dog bite law clearly states the owner of the offending dog is responsible for the dog’s conduct at all times. That makes the owner responsible for any damages claimed by the victim. California, along with 31 states and the District of Columbia have laws identifying dangerous dogs. The purpose is not only to provide attention and warning, but to forewarn the owners that failure to abide by the laws to monitor, leash, fence and train their dogs, they could be subject to fines and in some extreme cases, incarceration.

Negligence and Liability

Most dog-attack personal injury claims fall under homeowners insurance policies. In order to pursue a successful personal injury claim, the victim must prove the dog owner was negligent. If you are able to prove negligence, you will then have to deal with the insurance company, who will often put up a fight with the settlement offer. Don’t take any offer until you’ve spoken with an attorney. If you are attacked by a dog, contact a skilled personal injury attorney who can assist you in your case.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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BIT BY A DOG IN CALIFORNIA?

In the United States, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites happen every year and approximately 800,000 require medical care. California is a state where the law that applies is “strict liability” in this type of personal injury. The person who gets bit by a dog will apply the “strict liability statute” when they seek damages for the injuries. Under this law, there is not a one bite rule and no disputed liability. This means the dog owner is automatically responsible for the damages and is not permitted under these laws to dispute who was at fault. The only exceptions that may apply if the person bit by a dog provoked or was cruel to the canine or was in the process of committing a crime on the dog owners property.

The dog bite laws are found under California Civil Code Section 3342.

This state’s “the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place. This includes the property of the owner of the dog regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of viciousness.

When this kind of harm is suffered the most common injuries that may happen include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Fracture
  • Laceration
  • Contusions and abrasions
  • Infection

When a person is bitten by a dog it can be traumatic physically and emotionally since this is an attack that is unexpected and painful. This is also the type of personal injury that has a high risk of infection and can leave scars that may require corrective surgery. This is because each year about 44,000 of the wounds is facial injuries treated at hospitals and often requires admittance.

If a person gets bit by a dog they should immediately seek medical attention and, if possible, have information about the dog such as its shot history. This can help during treatment for the injuries even if it does not seem like a serious bite it still needs medical care due to the risk of infection. The Choyce Law Firm is a personal injury law firm that represents clients in dog bite injury cases throughout California. Contact us for a free consultation.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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