In Stanton, Delaware, a postal worker, who was the victim of a dog bite attack, has died.
State police said Thursday that 55-year-old Robert Rochester died Wednesday night. Rochester had been bitten in the attack by two dogs last Friday, was treated and released from a hospital.
State troopers were called about 4:15 p.m. last Friday and told that two dogs had attacked a mail carrier. When the trooper arrived on the scene, he saw two dogs attacking a smaller dog that was being walked by its owner. The trooper fired his weapon, injuring one of the dogs.
This attack is a terrible tragedy, but not a complete surprise given the recent statistics.
Dog bite claims increased 16 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, and have grown close to 48 percent since 2003, according to figures released by the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm insurance, earlier this year.
According to the report, in 2011, dog bite claims amounted close to $479 million with a total of 16,292 claims filed.
California was number one on State Farm’s list for dog bite claims and money paid out, with 527 claims for an estimated $20 million. Illinois was second with 309 claims and $10 million.
Back in May, the U.S. Postal Service released its list of the top 25 cities ranking highest for dog bite incidents. Los Angeles was number one with 83 attacks, followed by San Diego with 68 and Houston with 47.
The Postal Service says that, nationwide, there were more than 5,600 postal workers attacked in 1,400 cities. The dog attacks on workers cost the Postal Service close to $1.2 million last year.
According to the center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 4.7 million people bitten by a dog each year and 800,000 seek medical attention. Of those bitten more than half are children, senior citizens and mail carriers resulting in 12 – 20 deaths annually due to dog attacks.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by someone else’s dog, you should consult an experienced lawyer to see if you have grounds for an injury claim. The time you have to file a lawsuit is limited so it’s important that you do this without delay following a dog bite injury.
Please feel free to contact our law firm via email at Info@ArashLaw.com or call us at 800-890-7375. One of our lawyers would be happy to assist you with your personal injury case.