It’s no secret that online shopping has become one of the biggest influences on the shipping and delivery business. The US Postal Service reports that business from internet-based retailers continues to explode, shipping 1.2 billion more packages in 2015 than they did just four years previously.
And while this boost in business has been great for the economy, there has been an unexpected negative consequence: delivery workers and postal carriers are being bitten by dogs more often. In 2015 alone, the USPS stated the number of bites rose 17%, to more than 6,500 reported cases.
One of the big reasons for this sharp increase is the shifting of business for USPS, UPS, and FedEx, who have adapted their business models to include deliveries in evenings and on weekends, when their customers are more likely to be home. When owners are there to sign for packages, the odds of a dog attack increase.
Dog Bites and You
As a property owner, the state of Massachusetts requires that those who have permission to be on your property be protected from any dangers, including taking efforts where possible and warning of others that may be unpreventable. Mail carriers or delivery workers are considered to be licensees in most cases, meaning they are not explicitly invited onto your property but permission is assumed and their presence should be anticipated and prepared for at any time. Therefore, if an animal (not just a dog) were to attack them, you as the property owner would be held liable.
Dog bites can be an extremely serious matter. With the cost of a claim rising 16% in 2015, the consequences of being at fault for one of these attacks have only increased. Therefore, it is important as a property owner to make sure you take every precaution possible to prevent one of these accidents from happening.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite, you could eligible to receive substantial compensation. The experienced Springfield personal injury lawyer at A Good Law Firm has assisted Massachusetts residents with pursuing the maximum allowable compensation for their injuries since 1977. Attorney Alan R. Goodman’s legal knowledge and ability has earned him a reputation as one of the premiere choices for a legal representative in the state.