Postal carriers, UPS drivers, contractors and other workers who need to go onto the property of others to do their jobs face a daily risk for injuries from dog bites. So what works and doesn't work to protect yourself?
Two things that don't work are carrying treats for the dog and running away from it. Dogs are territorial, and an animal who feels threatened by you is more likely bite your hand than accept a treat. Running away from a dog will simply induce it to chase you.
What works: Keeping an object between you and the dog
One of the most successful methods in fending off dog attacks is to keep an object between you and the animal. That object may be a mail pouch, a package, a tool pouch, or something else big enough the shield you from an attack.
While keeping the object between you and the dog, back away slowly until you are in a safe place, such as the other side of a fence.
What if the dog bites the object and won't let go?
If the dog latches its teeth onto the object, use the object to lead the dog backward. Then, when you are in a safe place, drop the object. Protecting your health is more important that protecting the object.
What if a dog bites me while I'm working?
If you suffer a dog bite injury on the job in Georgia, you are entitled to benefits from workers' compensation. Workers' compensation benefits include free medical care and compensation for up to two-thirds of lost wages.
You may be able to obtain additional compensation for dog bite injury by filing a personal injury claim against the dog owners' homeowners insurance. An experienced attorney can help you recover the maximum compensation from both workers' compensation and the civil justice system.