Dogs attack approximately 20 postal workers every day in the United States. Dog owners have a duty to keep their dogs properly restrained and away from postal workers who responsibly carry out their duties. This still applies even if the postal worker may be accessing the premises.
Unique aspects to dog bite cases involving mail carriers
When a dog attacks a postal worker or mail carrier, he or she has the same legal rights as any other dog attack victim. Therefore, an injured postal worker is entitled to recover compensation for his or her injuries and time lost from work. Also of note in dog bite cases is that the Postal Service typically has subrogation (recovery) rights which must be considered during the settlement discussions in order to protect the interests of the injured worker.
Preventative measures for postal workers– and other people who are regularly around dogs
Due to recognition of the danger that postal workers face in relation to dogs and the possibility of being attacked during the course of their employment, the postal service has created precautionary measures to help reduce attacks. The Postal Service also passed on the following tips to avoid being bitten by a dog, courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Association:
- Don’t run past a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch you.
- If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
- Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.
- People choosing to pet dogs should ask permission of the owner first and always let a dog see and sniff them before petting the animal.
- If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.
- Medical expenses related to dog bites reportedly cost the Postal Service nearly $1.2 million last year.
Free legal consultations by respected and ethical Chicago dog attack injury lawyers
We can help injured postal workers in Chicago recovery damages from the dog owner as well as assist in the complexities of the subrogation rights of the United States Postal Service. We invite any postal worker to discuss his or her dog bite case with our attorneys free of charge. If you decide to retain our law office, we only charge a fee when there is a recovery for you.