EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE reports that a San Diego Sheriff was attacked by a pit bull on September 14, 2010 in Campo. The dog attack happened around 12:45 p.m. at 30031 Quail Road. Details are unknown other than the deputy, who sustained injuries, shot and wounded the dog after being attacked.
Applicable California Law
If the deputy was on duty at the time of the attack, he could file for workers compensation benefits for his injuries. In addition, the owner of the dog would be liable for the deputy’s injuries (see my prior Blog post for the law relating to owner liability for dog bits). Furthermore, if the attack happened on someone else’s property, who knew of the dog’s dangerous propensities, they could also be held responsible for the deputy’s damages.
Anyone can be attacked by dogs at anytime without warning. The attacks usually leave psychological as well as physical permanent scars. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you in understanding your rights, filing claims, and ascertaining who should be held accountable.