Los Angeles accounted for the majority of the dog bite incidents involving postal employees in 2011, keeping Los Angeles dog bite lawyers very busy last year. That data comes from the U.S. Postal Service, and was released to mark National Dog Bite Prevention Week last month.
The U.S. Postal Service released a listing of the top 25 cities in the country for dog bites involving letter carriers. Los Angeles ranked at the top of the list with a total of 83 dog bite incidents involving mail carriers last year.
The City of Angels is not the only California city that is extremely dangerous for letter carriers. San Diego was 2nd on the list with a total of 60 dog bites. The other California cities on the list were Sacramento with 35 dog bites San Francisco with 26 dog bites, San Jose with 24 dog bites, and Long Beach with 18 dog bites.
According to the U.S. Postal Service, in 2011, a total of 5,577 postal employees were subject to dog bites nationwide. These dog bite incidents cost the U.S. Postal Service close to $1.2 million in medical costs and other expenses last year.
California seems to have a special problem with dog bite incidents involving mail carriers. Many of these incidents can simply be avoided if owners bother to secure their animals during those times of the day when they expect utility workers or mail carriers to enter the premises. Make sure that your property has a sign warning guests or visitors about the presence of animals on the property.
Apart from postal employees, children are some of the biggest victims of dog bites in California. In fact, approximately half of the more than 4 million dog bites that occur in the United States annually involve children below the age of 5.