BUFFALO, N.Y. – Imagine punching into work, wondering if today will be the day you’re attacked by a dog. That’s what postal workers face every week when they’re out on their mail routes.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) reports nearly 7,000 postal workers were attacked by dogs last year, and almost a hundred of these incidents happened in Western New York.
In Buffalo alone, nearly 30 mail carriers were attacked by dogs in the last 12 months, placing the city in the top 25 for dog attacks.
A Buffalo dog bite attorney at Cellino & Barnes says dog attacks are happening more frequently, but almost every incident is preventable.
“Postal workers have put in place several safety measures to help mail carriers avoid an attack, but the number of dog bites increased this year by almost 5-percent nationwide, and more in places like Buffalo,” dog bite lawyer Steve Barnes said. “It’s up to dog owners to make sure their pet is trained and leashed when they’re outside, or the owner could be held responsible for any dog bite injuries.”
In some cases, postal workers were hospitalized after a mauling. Buffalo dog bite lawyers say these attacks can be vicious, and often leave permanent injuries; both physically and mentally.
Children are most often the victims of these attacks, but adults in certain occupations can frequently encounter dangerous dogs. These occupations could include:
- Utility workers
- Delivery service employees
- Parcel carriers
- Home maintenance contractors
- Real estate agents
- Cable installers
- Home health providers
“Aggressive dogs are always a concern for workers in some of these industries,” Barnes said. “The injuries can sometimes be severe, and the legal process of getting compensation can be complicated, especially for dog bites in Buffalo.”
If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog, the details of the incident are crucial in New York State. The Buffalo dog bite attorneys at Cellino & Barnes suggest giving them a call to discuss these details with an experienced legal advocate. The consultation is free, and with the firm’s No Fee Guarantee™, dog bite victims won’t owe any legal fees unless Cellino & Barnes wins their case.
Contact a lawyer with a track record of winning dog bite cases today for a free case evaluation and a step-by-step explanation of the legal process ahead.
Cellino & Barnes (800)888-8888