It is a well-known problem that dogs and postal workers do not always get along. In fact, postal workers are among the most common victims of serious dog bites. A new report from the US postal service, USPS, finds that dog bites among postal workers are on the rise. Dog bites can be severe and need immediate treatment, often requiring stitches.
Postal Workers are at Risk
Postal workers are at a high risk for dog bites. The report, called the “Dog Attack City Rankings” and recently released by the USPS, ranks U.S. cities by the number of postal worker dog bites. Los Angeles tops the list with 80 attacks in 2016. San Diego ranks fourth with 57 attacks. The total number of postal worker dog bites in 2016 was 6,755, which is 200 more than the previous year.
Dog Bites are Serious
Dog bites are not just annoying; they are also serious injuries. Dog bites can become easily infected, which can create more difficult health problems. After a dog bite occurs, the victim must be certain that the dog does not have rabies. The dog’s owner needs to provide immediate proof that the dog is current on its rabies shots. If not, the victim could be at risk for contracting rabies.
Rabies is a dangerous infection that must be immediately treated. If it is left untreated, the victim will likely die. Anyone who suffers a dog bite that punctures the skin needs to be aware of the possibility of rabies. If the dog was not vaccinated, or if the dog or owner cannot be located, the victim must undergo a series of shots to prevent the infection in humans.
In addition to the possibility of rabies, dog bite victims suffer other health problems. Dog bites are often deep and they can make the healing process difficult. Depending on where the bite occurs, it may go through muscles, tendons, and even arteries. Jagged tooth puncture wounds are hard to fix. If the wound is deep, it may need to heal from the inside first. There is always a high danger of infection with dog bites and with other animal wounds.
Those who suffer bites on their arms or legs may require rehabilitation to regain full use of their function. Some people will be permanently disabled because of a dog bite. Additionally, dog bites cause scarring, which may be quite severe in some cases. Skin grafts and reconstructive surgery may be necessary. These measures are completed only after the initial injury is fully healed.
What to Do After a Dog Bite
In addition to postal workers, many others are bitten by dogs every year. Children are often victims. When a child is bitten, the injuries are often very severe. When a victim suffers a dog bite, the dog owner may be responsible. Dogs are required to be under the control of their owners at all times. If you or someone you love was injured by a dog bite, you may need to take legal action. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other damages.
Contact the experienced legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to discuss your case today.