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California leads nation in dog bite attacks against postal workers

| Jul 14, 2021 | Personal Injury

Many people in the Santa Rosa area own a dog. They’re one of the most popular pets for a family to own and they are often considered additional family members. Most of the time dogs are friendly and well-behaved but occasionally a dog can be dangerous. A dog bite can occur in seconds, often catching people off-guard. Postal workers are especially susceptible to dog bites.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently released figures on dog attacks suffered by postal workers in 2020. Nationwide, nearly 5,900 postal workers were attacked by dogs with California being the number one state for dog bites. In 2020, 782 postal workers were attacked by dogs in California.

Aggressive dogs: A serious issue

Aggressive dogs can be a serious issue for not just postal workers, but anyone who comes in contact with them. There are many injuries a person can suffer from dog bites, and those who are older or younger children typically suffer more extreme and long-lasting injuries. Injuries can include:

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Permanent scarring
  • Rabies shots
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Bacterial infections
  • Crushing injuries

If a person has suffered a dog bite injury, they should talk to an attorney who specializes in personal injury as soon as possible. An attorney can make sure their client receives appropriate and thorough medical care and will also research the cause of the dog bite and who is responsible for the dog. They will work to hold the dog owner responsible for their aggressive dog and compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.