Large online retailers have led to a significant boom in the shipping industry.
But the ability to have everything from your groceries to the latest gadgets
delivered right to your doorstep has led to an unexpected consequence:
the number of dog attacks reported every year has risen sharply alongside it.
This trend is less surprising when you consider that the US Postal Service
delivered 4.5 billion packages in 2015, 1.2 billion more than just four
years previously. However, reports of dog bites against carriers rose
14% in 2015 alone, with over 6,500 reported incidents.
Why do Dogs Attack?
In many cases, dog bite attacks occur because the animal believed the postal
carrier to be a hostile intruder on their territory, and they instinctually
rush to defend it. "Dogs view mailmen as trespassers invading their
said Michael Micali, a USPS mail carrier in New Jersey. "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."
Dog Bites and You
For homeowners, the law in Florida says your animals must be contained
at all times to prevent harm to those who may enter your property. Postal
workers and delivery couriers from UPS and FedEx are considered to be
“licensees,” meaning they are not explicitly invited onto
your property, but their presence is assumed and therefore they must be
afforded protection. If an animal attacks a postal worker, you are liable
for their injuries should they take your case to court.
For postal workers, if you are injured as a result of an animal attack
on someone else’s property, it is important to report it to your
employer as soon as possible and seek legal representation from a skilled
West Palm Beach personal injury attorney. Reputable counsel will help
you assemble a case to pursue the maximum allowable compensation for your injuries.
Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. has represented injured clients throughout the state of Florida since
2002. We have developed a reputation for providing our clients with personalized,
attentive service while fighting on their behalf with the experience,
knowledge, and resources of only the biggest and most well-equipped firms.
Call the Law Office of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. today at 561.600.5605 to
free case evaluation!