Since many dog attacks happen in residential neighborhoods, it should come as no surprise that postal workers, law enforcement officers, animal control officers and utility workers are frequent victims of dog bites. In recent years, the United States Postal Service has even drawn attention to the issue, urging dog owners to keep their dogs restrained. Nationwide, an estimated 5,879 postal employees are attacked each year, and many are left with permanent disfigurement.
People tend to assume their dog would never hurt anyone. However, dogs are territorial by nature and may see delivery workers, law care crews and others as a threat. Some canines have even been known to bust through screen doors to get to the “intruder.”
If you’ve been mauled by someone’s dog while on the job, don’t think that just because you were on their property that you have no leverage. There’s an element of risk associated with your profession, but that doesn’t mean you must accept the consequences of a dog attack. A dog’s owner must ensure their dog does no harm to others, on or off their property.
Even if you’ve already received monetary compensation from worker’s comp, Texas law gives workers the right to make an addition claim against the vicious dog’s owner (and their home insurance policy). This money will cover the cost of your doctor bills, lost income and other dog bite-related expenses.
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To learn more about dog bite cases in Texas while on the job, see these helpful resources:
Winning Your Texas Dog Attack Case: Proving Owner Negligence
Strict Liability: Making a Claim against a Vicious Dog Owner
Injuries Commonly Resulting From Dog Attacks
You May Be Entitled To Compensation In Addition To Your Worker's Comp
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