What Delivery Drivers Need to Know About Dog Bite Liability

Across the United States, millions of packages and food orders are dropped off by delivery drivers every day. With an increased use of mobile apps, such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Amazon, more delivery drivers are on the road than ever before.  As a delivery driver, one of the hazards of the job is encountering dogs. While most dogs are friendly, some may pose a risk to your safety. Whether you’re a UPS, FedEx, postal worker, Amazon delivery driver, or simply a courier delivering packages on behalf of local businesses, it’s essential to understand the legal implications of dog bites.

If you have been the victim of an animal bite while on the job, The Barnes Firm is here to help. Our dedicated team of dog bite attorneys will work hard to get you the best result possible for your accident case. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation.

How Common are Dog Bites Involving Delivery Drivers?

Delivery drivers are one of the most common people to experience a dog bite, only behind children and seniors. According to a report by the American Postal Workers Union, there were over 5,800 reported dog attacks on postal workers in 2020 alone.

Delivery drivers are more susceptible to dog bites due to the nature of their job. Delivery drivers enter many different properties each day to deliver packages. Dogs may view these drivers as intruders on their property and become aggressive if they believe the delivery driver is a threat. If a dog believes the driver is a threat, they may attack the driver without barking, providing no warning to the driver that a dog is on the premise.

What Injuries Result from Dog Bites?

Dog bites can result in a wide range of injuries, from minor scratches and puncture wounds to more severe injuries such as broken bones, nerve damage, and disfigurement. It’s essential to seek medical attention immediately after a dog bite, even if the injury appears to be minor. Infections can quickly develop, and early medical treatment can prevent serious complications. In addition to physical injuries, dog bites can also cause emotional trauma, such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Filing a Dog Bite Claim

The responsibility for a dog bite involving a delivery driver can vary depending on the circumstances of the incident. If the dog bite occurs while the delivery driver is making a delivery to a private residence, the delivery driver can file a personal injury claim against the homeowner who may be liable for any damages or injuries resulting from the incident. Homeowners insurance policies typically cover liability for dog bites. If a delivery driver is bitten by a dog while on the job, they may also be able to file a workers’ compensation claim with their employer.

Dog bite claims can be complicated and it’s important to have an experienced attorney from The Barnes Firm on your side to represent you. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation.

Count on The Barnes Firm for Your Dog Bite Case

If you are someone who has suffered a dog bite injury, it’s crucial to seek legal representation to help navigate the complex world of dog bite liability. At The Barnes Firm, our team of experienced dog bite attorneys will help you understand your legal rights and options. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in dog bite cases and have a thorough understanding of the laws and regulations governing dog bite liability. We work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation. It could be the best call you make.

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