DOG BITE AWARENESS WEEK
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4-million people are bitten by dogs every year. Children and the elderly are on the top of the list of victims, followed by postal workers. The dog owner knows the mail carrier is coming every day, so these incidents are clearly avoidable.
Each year the United States Postal Service sets aside one week where they educate the public. This year, Dog Bite Awareness Week fell between June 12-18. The USPS is circulating information throughout the country, educating pet owners about the importance of controlling their animals. An animated public service announcement was broadcasted on local television and on the internet. In the PSA, dog owners are asked to place their animals in another room when a postal worker is present, or keep the animal on a leash.
DOG OWNER IS RESPONSIBLE IN MINNESOTA
The dog owner is responsible for any injury caused by their dog. Minnesota law places strict liability on the dog owner. Fortunately, most homeowners insurance policies cover dog bite and dog attack incidents. Our lawyers have handled many cases against homeowners insurance to get compensation for our clients injured by a dog. Of course, it would be better if the dog attack never happened in the first place. But once the attack has happened, appropriate compensation should be paid.
We encourage all dog owners to be aware and keep their dogs under control, particularly when you know someone will be delivering something to your house. Likewise, when you are have visitors, make sure your dog is socialized with the visitor before leaving them alone with the dog.