Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013
A Texas man was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries after being bitten by a police dog during an attempted arrest, according to a report from NBC. The suspect, 21-year-old James Williams, was reportedly attempting to evade arrest when the police K-9 apprehended him. Renowned California dog bite lawyer Jeff Nadrich recently weighed in on the story, discussing the legal implications of police dog bites.
As a dog bite lawyer, I’m commonly asked if it’s possible to seek compensation after being bitten by a K-9, according to Nadrich. My answer is always the same: it depends on the circumstances. Different states have different statutes, but in most cases, it’s exceedingly difficult to sue if the bite occurred while the victim was resisting arrest. In this particular case, it sounds like the suspect may have been alluding police, which means he may not have a case. But there are always extenuating circumstances, like the severity of the bite, and whether or not it was actually provoked. We don’t know all of the details of this particular case, so we can’t say definitively.
Nadrich further noted that police dogs are generally permitted to use some degree of force in apprehending uncooperative suspects. Here in California, the rules regarding dog bites are spelled out in Civil Code section 3342. It protects government agencies when dogs use force in the investigation of a crime, in the execution of a warrant, or in the defense of a peace officer.
According to the NBC article, the suspect was believed to attempting to steal a motorcycle. When police began questioning him, he fled on foot and was soon subdued by the animal. He was taken to nearby University Medical Center for treatment.
About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a dog bite attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across the state. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, and victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.