An increase in online sales in recent years – and especially since the COVID-19 pandemic started – has been good news for delivery drivers, including postal workers. An increase in online ordering means more packages coming through the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Unfortunately, while business is booming for the USPS, postal workers are increasingly facing a dangerous job hazard – dog bites. Postal worker dog bite injuries have been increasing since 2016, a year in which there were 6,755 postal worker dog bites reported. And what city tops the list for the highest number of dog bite injuries among postal workers? Los Angeles. That’s right, in 2016, Los Angeles had the most reported dog attacks on postal workers of any city in the U.S. There were 80 attacks in Los Angeles alone.
Preventing Postal Worker Dog Bites
These alarming statistics beg the question – can we prevent postal worker dog bites? While a simple “yes” or “no” answer may be impossible, there are some things that postal workers can do to reduce the likelihood of a dog bite. These methods include:
· Use the “Trip Hazards” app on handheld devices to identify potentially dangerous dogs on routes.
· Never assume that a dog will not bite you, no matter how large or small it is.
· Never attempt to feed or pet a dog that you are not familiar with.
· If you know the dog’s name, call it by name, and talk to it in a friendly voice.
· If you feel threatened by a dog, do not attempt to deliver mail. The owner can be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office.
· If you are attacked by a dog while delivering mail, attempt to stand your ground. Place any object available between the dog and you, including a package or satchel if you have one.
After any dog bite, get medical attention and document what happened. Then, contact a dog bite attorney to find out if you can file a claim to recover the costs associated with your injury. At Abogados Campeones, we will do our best to help you get the compensation you deserve.