EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE reports that a pit bull attacked a San Diego Sheriff in Campo on September 14, 2010. The dog attack happened at 30031 Quail Road at around 12:45 p.m. while the deputy was attempting to serve a juvenile warrant. The deputy was bit on the arm and knocked to the ground sustaining serious injuries. As a result, the deputy shot and wounded the dog in self defense.
Applicable California Law
Since the deputy was in the course and scope of his employment at the time of the attack, he could file for workers compensation benefits as a result of being injured on the job. Furthermore, the dog’s owner would be liable for the deputy’s injuries (see my prior Blog post San Diego Infant Mauled By Dogs for California Law on dog bits). In addition, if the owner of the property was not the dog’s owner and knew of the dog’s dangerous propensities, he or she could also be held responsible for the deputy’s damages.
Dog attack’s can happen at anytime without warning. The attacks often result in psychological trauma as well as physical injuries. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney can help you in understanding your rights, and determine who should be held responsible.