Postal Workers at Risk from Dog Bite Accidents

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According to new data released by the Government Accountability Office, dog bite accidents are some of the leading causes of injuries involving United States Postal Service employees in 2012

According to new data released by the Government Accountability Office, dog bite accidents are some of the leading causes of injuries involving United States Postal Service employees in 2012. A recent incident in Chula Vista once again highlighted the dangers to postal workers, who often find themselves face-to-face with potentially aggressive animals while they’re on their rounds.

The Chula Vista incident involves a postal worker, who allegedly sprayed pepper spray on a dog while he visited a home during his rounds. The dog’s owner says that the employee sprayed pepper spray on the animal, even though the dog was inside a fenced- in backyard. The woman is claiming that this is a case of animal cruelty, and believes that the postal worker went ahead and sprayed the dog, even though he was not in any danger from the animal.

According to postal officials, the worker in this case was a new hire, and is being questioned about his actions. However, postal officials also want to remind everyone, that postal workers have some of the highest risks of dog bites in the United States. In fact, the San Diego area records the highest numbers of dog bites involving mail carriers in California. Every year, an average of 80 postal workers are injured in dog bite attacks in San Diego.

There have been several severe and even fatal injury attacks involving dogs and postal workers in California. In July, a postal worker suffered severe neck injuries, when a dog pounced on his neck, and ripped it apart. In this case, the animal was a pit bull that had managed to escape from an unlocked gate. Over the past three years, two postal workers have suffered dog bite attacks that were fatal.

Obviously, all these incidents involving dog bites have made mail carriers very nervous, which probably explains the overreaction in the Chula Vista case.

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Riverside California Woman Sustains Serious Injuries in Dog Bite Incident

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A Riverside woman recently suffered serious injuries in a dog bite incident that occurred while she was walking her dog. The woman is currently recovering from those injuries.

A Riverside woman recently suffered serious injuries in a dog bite incident that occurred while she was walking her dog. The woman is currently recovering from those injuries.

According to news reports, the woman was walking her dog when she was attacked by two pit bulls. The two animals had escaped from a fenced- in yard, where they had been confined. While the property had a Beware of Dogs sign posted on it, there was obviously not enough protection to reduce the risk of the dogs escaping from the yard, and injuring someone.

The owner of the dog has already handed over the dogs to be euthanized. The woman has been seriously injured, and has had part of her cheek ripped out. She has also suffered serious arm injuries, and open wounds. The woman’s dog did not sustain injuries.

This incident like so many other dog bite-related incidents involving pit bulls in California is also likely to once again trigger debate about the advisability of keeping aggressive breeds like pit bulls. Pit bulls are involved in an inordinate number of dog bite incidents in California, and no dog bite lawyer would disagree with this fact. However, it isn’t fair to blame the animal because these are animals that are by nature more aggressive, and you can’t blame the dog for its nature.

However, many people who keep pit bulls as pets have no idea about how these drugs must be treated. They have little knowledge of the need for dog socialization, training, frequent exercise and other aspects of responsible dog ownership. The result is incidents like these, where a pit bull which has been confined in a tiny yard, escapes and attacks the first person it comes across.

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Letter Carriers in Los Angeles at High Risk of Dog Bites

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Mail carriers in Los Angeles have the highest risk of being involved in a vicious dog bite that leaves them with injuries.

Mail carriers in Los Angeles have the highest risk of being involved in a vicious dog bite that leaves them with injuries.  The Postal Service has released data on the worst and most inhospitable cities in the country, and the city of Los Angeles was named the worst city for canine attacks on letter carriers during the most recent fiscal year.

Last year, in Los Angeles alone, there were 69 dog bites involving letter carriers.  In second place were San Antonio and Seattle, with 42 dog bite attacks involving letter carriers.

However, there’s some comfort in the data for Los Angeles letter carriers.  The statistics show that while Los Angeles continues to remain one of the most inhospitable cities, the number of attacks involving letter carriers has been dropping in the city.  Nationwide, there has been an increase in mail carriers being bitten while on the job with increase of 5% in such attacks reported.  However, in Los Angeles, the number of dog bite attacks involving letter carriers were down from 83 the previous year.

Dog bite attorneys believe that there is no reason to expect any drop in the city’s status as the most dangerous city in the country for letter carriers anytime soon.  The city has a large canine pollution which increases the risk for letter carriers.  The perennially warm weather in the city frequently puts dogs outside in the yard, which places them in contact with letter carriers.

Last year alone, there were 5,879 dog bites involving letter carriers across the country.  In two cases, the letter carriers died.  In one of those cases, the letter carrier was knocked down and suffered serious and fatal head injuries.  In the other case, the letter carrier suffered a heart attack during the dog bite incident.

 

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Toddler Killed in Horrific Pit Bull Attack While Owner Watches

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In a horrifying new incident being reported out of Texas, a 2-year-old boy suffered fatal injuries after being mauled by a pit bull.

In a horrifying new incident being reported out of Texas, a 2-year-old boy suffered fatal injuries after being mauled by a pit bull.  The worst part seems to be that the pit bull’s owner watched the attack from his doorway, and did absolutely nothing to stop it.

The 2-year-old child was playing with his sisters outside his home in the town of Sabinal in Texas.  The girl blew a little balloon, and threw it for her younger brother.  The balloon drifted into the neighbor’s yard.  The neighbor’s pit bull was playing in the yard.  The little boy ran after the balloon into the yard, where it came across the dog.

The pit bull pounced on the little boy. By the time the toddler’s family members rushed to the scene, the boy had suffered severe injuries, and was no longer breathing.   An autopsy showed that the boy had suffered severe puncture wounds all over his body, including his stomach.  He also had bites all over his body, including arms and neck.  He had lost a lot of blood.

According to the boy’s father, the little girl had seen somebody in the neighbor’s house, open the door, watch the pit bull attack the toddler, and then simply close the door and walk off inside.

The pit bull is under quarantine, and tests are currently being performed on the boy’s body.  So far, it is not clear what action will be taken against the owner of the pit bull.

Recently, the dog bite lawyers at our firm blogged about a decision by Farmers Insurance to withdraw dog bite insurance for pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Wolf hybrids in California.  The decision was made in response to statistics that clearly show that pit bulls are responsible for a majority of dog bites that take place inside the United States.

 

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