What may seem like a running joke, the postal carrier being bit by a dog, is actually a serious situation across the U.S. Postal carriers are exposed to a variety of dangerous and uncomfortable situations. Aggressive dog bites are not only a risk for postal carriers but also for the general public.
Postal workers seeing increase in dog bite attacks
Recently the United States Postal Service released their annual report on the number of dog bites their postal carriers suffered during 2020. Nearly 6,000 postal workers submitted an injury claim to their supervisor or reported a dog bite. The state of New York was ranked 4th in the nation with 295 attacks reported.
Dog bite attorney
If a person has been injured due to a dog bite, they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in personal injury. An attorney understands how important it is for dog owners to always have their dog under control. When a dog is not properly restrained it can cause serious injuries to a person in a short amount of time. These injuries can be long-lasting and require extensive medical care. An attorney can help their client by establishing who the owner of the dog is. They will also establish the full extent of their client’s injuries, including lasting scars and permanent nerve damage and loss of movement.
A person who has suffered a dog bite has the legal right to hold the owner responsible. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future medical expenses and other damages.