Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Mail carrier bitten by dog wins $25,000

A jury has awarded nearly $25,000 in damages to a letter carrier in Vermont attacked by a German Shepard more than four years ago while she was delivering the mail.

The jury awarded $4,648 to cover the mail carrier's medical expenses, $5,000 for future damages as a result of "disfigurement and sensory impairment to her right hand," and $15,000 for pain and suffering.

The lawsuit stated, "The dog owner was aware, or should have been aware, that had the dog not been controlled by him, or alternatively, had the dog not been not confined to the owner's property, that the dog would attack and bite persons with whom it came in contact."

The letter carrier did nothing to provoke the attack.

For more on letter carriers and dog bites, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM