Amazon, Ebay, and other major online retailers have provided a much-needed
influx of business for American delivery companies, including the US Postal
Service that was on the verge of collapsing. While online shopping has
made getting nearly anything delivered straight to your door amazingly
convenient, it has also led to a sharp rise in dog bite attacks against workers.
The US Postal Service states that in just the year 2015 alone, reports
of dog bites increased 14% to over 6,500 instances. This is a worrying
trend for companies because the Insurance Information Institute estimates
that the cost of a dog bite claim rose 16% in the year 2015.
This has prompted several companies to take matters into their own hands
when it comes to preventing these injuries. The US Postal Service has
created an app called “TripHazard” that is now available on
all of their handheld devices. The app allows workers to log hazards all
along their route and notify any other workers, including potentially
Why do Dogs Attack?
According to postal worker Michael Micali of New Jersey, “Dogs view mailmen as trespassers invading their space.” Indeed
while many dogs can be friendly and welcoming of new humans, some still
possess territorial instincts and can view a postal worker as a threat
to both themselves and their owners, resulting in an attack. "A dog
will only go for the first thing in front of it. When I deliver to a house
where 'bad Fido' lives, I pay extra attention to the surroundings,
especially when I don't hear barking coming from inside the house,”
Dog Bites & Premises Liability
Property owners are required by law to afford a certain guarantee of safety
to all visitors to their premises. Postal and delivery workers are considered
“licensees,” meaning they are not expressly invited onto property,
but their presence is still assumed.
If you have been injured by a dog bite, as a postal worker or in any other
situation, you could potentially be eligible to receive substantial compensation. At
Christian & Davis, LLC, we have over 95 years of combined legal practice experience putting the
law to work for those who have been injured through no fault of their
own, including those who suffer from dog bite injuries. We have recovered
millions of dollars for our clients, and have received a wide array of
industry honors and accolades.
Call Christian & Davis, LLC today at 864.408.8890 and let us
review your case for free today!