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Do Dogs Really Bite Postal Workers?

When many kids are growing up, you will hear them say that they want to be postal workers. However, being a postal worker is not an easy job. USPS employees face significant injury risks on the job each day, from car accidents and slip and fall incidents to repetitive motion injuries. However, while it may seem like a stereotype, the truth is that postal workers have to watch out for dog bites as well. 

USPS Releases Dog Bite Information

There are approximately 90 million dogs in households throughout the United States. Dogs are arguably the most popular domestic animal. Not only do they provide excellent companionship, but they can also protect your home. However, dogs of all sizes can pose serious threats to postal workers. The US Postal Service recently released its annual list of cities with the most recorded dog attacks on workers. Unfortunately, a few Texas cities ranked high on the list.

Houston leads the way with the most dog attacks on USPS workers out of any US city. Dallas was ranked 5th on the list of all cities throughout the country. San Antonio was 11th on the list, Fort Worth came in at 12, and El Paso was tied for 14th place on the list. Overall, the total amount of dog attacks on US Postal Service workers was 200 less in 2019 than in 2018. 

Dogs BitesCan Lead to Serious Injuries 

Estimates show that there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites each year in the United States. However, not all of these bites cause serious injuries. According to data available from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around one out of every five dog bite victims needs to seek emergency medical care. 

Dog bites can lead to serious injuries, and it is not uncommon for a victim to seek medical care for:

  • Significant soft tissue damage such as lacerations and puncture wounds 
  • Severed veins, arteries, muscles, and tendons 
  • Amputations of the fingers 
  • Significant scarring and disfigurement 
  • Loss of mobility due to a dog bite injury 

Dog bite injuries also have a high risk of infection, particularly if not properly and promptly treated by a medical professional. It is important that any dog bite victim seek medical care as soon as possible to ensure their own health and well being while also establishing a link between the dog bite in the injuries for insurance purposes. 

Let Us Help With Your Case Today

If you or somebody you love has been bitten and injured by a dog in Dallas, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, we are going to conduct a full investigation into your case so we can secure the compensation you are entitled to. This can include coverage of all medical expenses, lost wages if you are unable to work, scarring and disfigurement damages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Dallas dog bite attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 214-290-8001.

 

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