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U.S. Postal Carriers Attacked By Dogs|PA Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Dog attacks happen frequently in the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a given year, 4.7 million Americans, more than half of whom are children, are attacked or bitten by dogs.  As a result of dog attacks, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery in 2012. *Source: http://www.cdc.gov (Home & Recreational Safety: Dog Bites)

Dog attacks also affect postal carriers.  According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), nearly 5,900 mail carriers were attacked in 2012.

In May 2013, the USPS released a list of cities that fare the worst when it comes to dog attacks on postal carriers.  Philadelphia is number 5. *Source: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_052.htm

               Fiscal Year 2012 U.S. Postal Service Dog Attack City Ranking

Ranking

City, State

Attacks

1

Los Angeles, CA

69

2

San Antonio, TX and Seattle, WA

42

3

Chicago, IL

41

4

San Francisco, CA

38

5

Philadelphia, PA

34

6

Detroit, MI

33

7

St. Louis, MO

32

8

Baltimore, MD and Sacramento, CA

29

9

Houston, TX and Minneapolis, MN

27

10

Cleveland and Dayton, OH

26

Pennsylvania Postal Carriers Attacked By Dogs

Just yesterday, a mail carrier was attacked by a dog owner in Forest Hills, PA.  The owner’s dog ran across the street, and the carrier kicked the dog because he thought the dog was going to attack him.  According to the police, the owner then punched the mail carrier and threatened to kill him. *Source: http://www.wtae.com (Postal worker attacked in Forest Hills, police say)

Back in August 2013, a postal carrier in Pittsburgh was attacked by pit bulls.  The mail carrier was bitten on his legs by two pit bulls that escaped from their yard through a hole in the fence. *Source: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com (Postal Carrier Attacked By Pit Bulls In Chartiers)

When postal carriers are attacked and bitten by dogs in Pennsylvania, they may be able to file a dog bite lawsuit against the owner and recover damages.  See Scars & Dog Bite Lawsuits In Pennsylvania - Proving The Extent Of The Damages

Many dogs are cherished and considered as a part of the family, but the fact remains, any dog can attack if provoked.  The provocation could be a young child running toward it or somebody ringing the doorbell. Dogs are unpredictable, and owners have a duty to keep their dogs under reasonable control. See What You Need To Know If You Were Attacked And Injured By An Unleashed Dog In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania & New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or a loved one would like to discuss your rights regarding a dog bite case in Pennsylvania, please feel free to contact our dog bite lawyers. We have handled many dog bite cases with much success. 877.944.8396


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