While it is common to envision a dog chasing a postal worker as comical, it can actually be very serious. Dogs pose a serious danger to not only postal workers, but the public in general.
A report released by the U.S. Postal Service includes Cleveland and Dayton as the 11th place in dog bites and attacks. There were 26 incidents reported in which an attack against a postal worker occurred.
State Farm Insurance Company also released a list of the top states that have had the most claims for dog bites in the year of 2012 and Ohio was fourth on the list, reinforcing the fact that dog bite attacks are common throughout the state.
If bitten by a dog, the law states that the bite should be reported to the local health department. This is done to determine whether or not there is a risk of being exposed to the rabies virus. There were 555 incidents involving risk of rabies exposure in 2012, 352 of which involved dogs.
Of the 4.5 million people bitten by dogs each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 885,000 required medical attention. Dog bites often occur due to the individual provoking the animal.
An animal that is spayed or neutered has less aggressive tendencies, which helps to prevent dog bite attacks.
It is recommended that owners not leave young children alone with dogs and to teach children how to properly act while around dogs. For instance, children should be aware that running away from a dog can make the situation worse and result in a bit or attack. Dogs should also be left alone while they are sleeping, and not be disturbed while eating or tending to their puppies.
To prevent a dog bite attack, read the dog bite prevention tips we recently posted in our blog.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, call our Ohio dog bite attorneys at 800.637.8170. We have helped numerous dog bite victims receive compensation for their injuries, and we can do the same for you.