Pit Bull Bites San Jose Postal Worker

beware dog.jpgOn September 29, 2010, A San Jose postal worker was attacked by two dogs, a pit bull and a German Shephard. The two dogs broke through a fence and then bit the postal worker several times. The letter carrier was later hospitalized for his injuries.

As a San Jose personal injury lawyer who has represented a number of postal workers, I have seen first hand the devastating effects of numerous dog attacks. The Postal Service reports that over 3,000 of its employees were attacked by dogs and suffered serious bites in 2007. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, children, the elderly, and Postal workers are the most frequent victims of dog bites.

In California, the law regarding dog bites holds a dog owner strictly liable if their dog bites anyone. This is true even if the dog escapes from one’s backyard or is on a leash. Therefore, in this San Jose dog bite attack, the owner of the dog will be responsible for all of the postal workers, medical bills, time off work, and compensatory damages for pain and suffering. The value of such claims is going up every year, and most recently averaged over $24,000.00 per claim.

Dog bites can leave permanent physical and emotional scars. If you have been bitten by a dog, you should know your legal rights. If you own a dog, you should take all necessary precautions to keep your dog enclosed in your home, and on a leash when you are out walking with it.

Resources:

United States Postal Service, Dog Bite Awareness, May 14, 2009
KLIV News, Postal Worker Attacked by Dog, September 29, 2010

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