Last week, a mailman was sent to the hospital after a vicious dog attack in Springfield, Massachusetts. According to a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service (USPS), the mailman was attacked while trying to make a delivery. Two dogs ran out of a home during the incident, but only one of them, a pit bull, bit the mailman.
Dog Owner Says Mailman Entered Her Yard Unnecessarily
The dog owner told news reporters that the usual mailman put the mail in a mailbox located on the side of her home. She said her home does not have a mail receptacle at the front of her home, where the mailman was at the time of the attack. The dog owner further claimed that no such incident had ever happened before.
The dog owner further said that her mailbox is located at the end of her driveway for the express purpose of preventing her dogs from attacking mailmen. She said that her dogs would only attack if a person entered the lawn, which is allegedly what happened in this case. However, it appears that the location of the mailbox may have been confusing for the mailman because a neighbor confirmed that all of the mailboxes along that street are located at the front doors of homes, instead of at the ends of their driveways.
Blood Found on Street Following Attack
According to the dog owner, a great deal of blood was found on the street following the incident. A dozen residences did not receive mail that day due to packages and envelopes being contaminated with blood. The injured mailman in this dog bite case may have a strong claim for restitution under the law. The owners of dangerous animals are often liable for bites and other injuries caused by their pets.
In this case, if a personal injury lawsuit is pursued against the dog owner, the decision will be mutually agreed upon by both the USPS and the injured mailman. Damages pursuable in dog bite cases often include the cost of medical care, pain and suffering, permanent or temporary disability and other types of damages.
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