This country relies on postal service workers more than most of us realize. The employees of the US Postal Service (USPS) are known for operating regardless of the weather conditions or temperatures outside. They have incredibly difficult jobs and face significant injury risks each day. This includes dangers from slip and fall injuries, vehicle accidents, repetitive stress injuries, and more. As stereotypical as it may sound, postal workers also face risks from dog bites and attacks.
Do Postal Workers Really Have To Watch Out For Dogs
Dogs are arguably the most popular pets in US households. Estimates show that there are approximately 90 million dogs in homes throughout the country. While most of our furry friends do not bite other people, there are times when these incidents do occur. Some estimates show that approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by a dog each year. While most of these dog bite injuries are minor, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that around 800,000 to 900,000 dog bite injury victims seek emergency medical care each year.
Ahead of the Recent Dog Bite Awareness Week, the USPS released its list of dog bite injury statistics for its workers. The good news is that USPS workers were bitten 200 fewer times in 2019 than in 2018. The bad news is that a few California cities ranked fairly high on the list of USPS dog bite incidents for 2019. This includes Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and Oakland.
Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Severe For Anyone
Dogs have incredibly powerful jaws that can inflict significant injuries on victims. Many dog bite injuries revolve around puncture wounds and lacerations. This type of soft tissue damage could result in victims needing stitches and infection control treatment from a doctor. However, dog bites can also cause severed tendons, muscles, veins, and arteries. In some cases, victims can sustain the amputations of the fingers.
Dogs, but injuries can lead to significant scarring or disfigurement and cause tremendous emotional and psychological damage for victims. Victims of a dog bite injury also run the risk of contracting an infection at the injury site. Infections can happen regardless of how minor or major the dog bite injury may seem. That is why it is imperative that victims of dog bites seek medical care as soon as possible after the injury occurs.
Let Our Team Help After A Dog Bite Injury
If you or somebody you love has been bitten and injured by a dog, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. You may be able to recover significant compensation for your injuries, and the team at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg is ready to help. We will fully investigate your claim so we can secure coverage for:
- All medical bills related to the dog bite
- Lost income or benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Scarring or disfigurement damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of a dog owner’s gross negligence