Whether you need medications, groceries, a new car part, or anything else
you can imagine, odds are you can have it delivered right to your doorstep
thanks to online super-retailers like Amazon or Ebay. This has led to
a significant increase in business for shipping companies, including the
US Post Office, Federal Express, and UPS. The rise has been dramatic;
the Postal Service delivered 1.2 billion more packages in 2015 than they
did just four years prior.
One unintended consequence of this sudden spike in mail deliveries has
been a rise in dog bite attacks against delivery workers. And it’s
not a small increase either. In 2015, reports of dog bites rose 14%, to
a nationwide total of 6,549.
Postal worker Michael Micali said: “Dogs view mailmen as trespassers
invading their space. Let's face it: a dog doesn't have much to
do all day if the house is empty but to sleep and wait for the mailman
who comes around the same time each day."
Why the Rise?
Most postal workers are instructed to knock on the front door of a home
to where they are delivering a package, which in some cases can mean entering
a fenced-off yard or area on a property. Some owners allow their dogs
to roam freely in these areas, and in some cases these dogs view the postal
worker as a stranger entering their territory and they become instinctually angered.
Animal owners by law are required to control their pets and ensure safety
of those who come on to their property, even if they are not explicitly
invited. In Pennsylvania, postal workers are considered “licensees,”
or those who are not explicitly invited onto property but their presence
is understood. Therefore, dogs and other animals are required to be confined
so as to avoid any injury to those who come onto the property.
If you have been injured by a dog bite or other form of domesticated animal
attack, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for injuries,
pain and suffering, bereavement, and more. At
Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt, and Smith, our team of attorneys work diligently to represent your best interests
in court and fight to obtain the maximum possible compensation you deserve.
Trust your case to our award-winning attorneys today; call Goldstein, Heslop,
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