We know that you may think it is a cliché or a stereotype, but it turns out that there is some truth behind the old “dogs hate postal workers” myth.
The United States Postal Service recently released its annual list of dog attacks on their workers. They say that 6,755 postal workers were attacked by dogs last year. This is a three percent increase from the previous year.
Guess which city tops the list for dog attacks on postal workers?
Los Angeles just took the top spot from Houston. There were 80 reported attacks in the city for the latest year on record. A postal spokesperson says that it is not unusual to see more attacks in metropolitan areas. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, we know that it is not just postal workers who face danger from these incidents. Everyone is at risk. If you need a Los Angeles dog bite attorney, turn to us for help today.
The US Centers for Disease Control keeps track of reported dog bites. They say that there are around 4.7 million dog bites each year in the United States and that 800,000 of them usually require some sort of medical treatment. The type of treatment depends on the severity of the injury, to begin with.
- Bites that become infected can lead to bigger complications.
- Serious bites may need emergency surgery.
- If the soft tissue damage is severe, plastic surgery may be necessary to restore a person’s appearance and functionality.
Dog bite injuries can become incredibly costly, especially if insurance does not cover the expenses. There are also other costs to consider. Children who are bitten or attached often experience emotional and psychological damage. Please know that both children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to dog bites and attacks because they cannot defend themselves as easily as able-bodied adults.
Why They Happen
Not all dog bites are the result of someone doing something wrong, but there are times with a dog owner’s negligence is to blame.
- Violation of leash laws
- Not keeping a dog properly secure on their property
- Willingly allowing an aggressive dog to be around other dogs and people
If a dog’s owner is the reason for another person’s injury, they need to be held accountable for the costs of care.
What You Can Do Now
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a dog bite and you think that someone else’s negligence is to blame, please seek legal assistance. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, we want to help. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Loss of income if you miss work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages