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What to Do If You’re Injured by a Dog While at Work


For many people in North Carolinian, dogs have rightfully earned their status as man’s best friend, as they provide a sense of protection and companionship, and are even shown to alleviate a person’s stress, anxiety and high blood pressure.

However, many Americans have a sometimes-justifiable fear of dogs, as they can often attack and injure when provoked, sometimes even without any apparent provocation at all.

Some professions are exposed to dogs every day and are at risk of being attacked or bitten while on the job. Mail/delivery drivers and people working for dog walking or grooming services are the most vulnerable when it comes to facing dogs daily.

Recently, Maginnis Law’s head personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard, was able to recover $30,000 for a client who was bit by a dog. Mr. Howard’s client works for a dog walking service. She was bit while meeting with the family of the prospective dog. She suffered puncture wounds on her knee and had to go seek medical attention. Mr. Howard’s client made a claim against the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance and was able to recover $30,000.

In cases such as this one, workers have two separate claims. The first right of recourse is usually a workers’ compensation claim. The second claim is against the negligent third-party (the dog’s owner or keeper).

While Maginnis Law does not handle worker’s compensation claims, we regularly handle third-party negligence claims arising out of on the job injuries. In a workers’ compensation claim, you can recover up to 2/3 of your average weekly wage when you are out of work for your injury. Workers’ compensation will also pay your medical expenses. Generally, though, the benefits of a workers’ compensation claim are not as great as those available in a third-party negligence action. In a third-party negligence action arising out of a dog bite, you can recover your full lost wages, along with compensation for physical pain and mental suffering, permanent disfigurement, and permanent injury.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a pit bull or other dog while at work, contact the Raleigh personal injury attorneys of Maginnis Law at 919.526.0450 or reach out to our lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard, personally at 919.480.8526. You can also visit our contact page.

We handle cases involving animal attacks such as pit bull bites on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.  Our firm handles dog attack claims throughout North Carolina.

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