Utility Workers Face Increase in Dog Bites

The Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. dog bite injury lawyers came across a recent report done by Consumers Energy on the number of dog attacks on meter readers and utility workers. According to this recent report, numbers of attacks and injuries from dog bites have increased severely.

Since the start of this year, there have already been a total of fourteen dog bite attacks and injuries reported. Five of those fourteen attacks reported resulted in the utility worker suffering serious injury. In fact one Consumers Energy utility worker that was recently attacked by a dog is hospitalized after receiving stitches on his face and neck.

Fourteen may seem like a small number, but compared to 2011, fourteen is a great increase, as there were only three dog bite injuries reported. In addition, the count could go up even more as there are still a little less than four months left before the end of the year.

Dana Hogle, an Attorney at The Hogle Firm in Mesa Arizona would like all utility workers to know that if they suffer injuries due to a dog bite or is attacked by a dog or animal while at a person’s home, they do have legal rights. “There are two types of claims that arise from a dog bite or attack under the Law. The first claim is for workers compensation benefits, where the injured worker will receive wage loss benefits during the period of disability from the attack, and also receive medical expense benefits for all treatment related to the injuries. The second claim is against the dog owner or animal owner for pain and suffering damages resulting from injuries in the animal bite or attack,” says Hogle.

We are looking into this in Arizona to see if there is an increase here as well. The same theories apply.

The Law Offices of Nathan Hogle is located in Mesa, Arizona, and handles cases throughout Maricopa County, including Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Anthem, Glendale, El Mirage, Tolleson, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and Buckeye.