Biting Dog Returned to Police Duty

November 17, 2015 in Personal Injury Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers

A variety of public health and safety risks happen mostly off the radar in the central Virginia area. In this blog post, we will discuss a dog bite case in which the dog, which had already bitten an individual, was returned to police duty. The Daily Progress found this significant enough to report on – for a reason.

Our modern society has brought us many checks and balances and systems to prevent injury. Federal, state and local laws put in place comprehensive rules and regulations on things that are likely dangerous to the community. But local injury lawyers also understand that in the central Virginia area (and anywhere else in America), there are still many unknowns, and a less than consistent process of applying safety precautions.

In some cases, there may be a tendency in local businesses and local government offices to downplay or even ignore certain elements of the law or regulations in order to give concessions to certain parties, whether it’s a local business, police department or other favored party. People put forward all kinds of excuses for this — some of which are based on economic interest, while others are based on expedience for public services. The bottom line, though, is that these kinds of risks should not be imposed on public citizens.

Typically, we would ask the question of why a certain security or safety precaution would not be done. In this case, what’s the harm in replacing this K-9 unit? The issue is that if the animal ever bites another victim, the injury case already comes with much more liability for the police department and other defendants. The trainer evaluated the dog and found no issues — but that doesn’t mean something can’t happen down the road. Also, there may be legitimate reasons for the reinstatement, as well as other factors, but those were not reported.

Let a Personal Injury Attorney Help

This is just a basic example of the kinds of issues that personal injury lawyers wrestle with in certain kinds of injury cases. When representing clients in court, these legal professionals look at every aspect of the case. Why did the accident and injury happen? Was there any negligence or inattention to public safety? And how will the injury victim be compensated for the cost of medical care and lost wages, as well as other negative outcomes stemming from an injury?

An injury attorney’s goal should be to look fairly at a case and examine it from all angles to make sure the plaintiff’s (the injured party) best interests are served in court. That might mean looking into details surrounding when and whether proper security and safety precautions were put in place after any warning signs or realization of a potentially hazardous condition.

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