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Mail carriers working harder and facing increased animal bites

Brick and mortal stores are not the only ones feeling the pain from the growth in online shopping and home delivery services. Along with the increased demands on package and mail carriers, there is the painful increases in animal bites. Mail carriers in Connecticut likely have their own tales of encounters with unfriendly pets.

For the past several years, retailers who offer online sales have seen a growing demand for their goods along with the convenience of store-to-door delivery. Unfortunately, the ones who provide the convenience of home delivery are also racking up higher numbers of dog attacks. While scenes of dogs chasing the mailman have been drawing laughs for years in movies and televisions, being bitten by a territorial pet is not humorous to those who have suffered injuries and emotional distress from these attacks.

The previous year, the number of bites inflicted on home delivery workers rose by an estimated 206. That brought the total number of bites up to approximately 6,755; purportedly, the highest number reported in about 30 years. The United Parcel Service also reported attacks, though it claimed that the total has not increased by an appreciable amount. The Postal Service recently promoted a dog bite awareness campaign in an effort to alert pet owners to the dangers that their pets pose to mail carriers.

In spite of the rising numbers of bite incidences, the severity of those attacks has apparently lessened according to the reduction in cost per bite. Regardless, any bite can cause lingering problems -- both physically and emotionally-- for some time. Connecticut residents who have suffered a serious injury due to animal bites may decide to seek information from a personal injury attorney concerning the feasibility of filing a civil suit against the party deemed liable for their pain and suffering. A favorable ruling may allow a victim to recoup some of the financial damages he or she may have also sustained.

Source: ctpost.com, "Booming online sales mean more dog bites for mail carriers", Hope Yen, April 6, 2017

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