Last Updated on February 5, 2024

Attacked By a Dog On a Delivery Route? Here's What To Do

Delivery drivers face a high risk of dog bite attacks while making their rounds. Many drivers suffer traumatic injuries but don't know their legal rights and options afterward. Dog bite attacks pose an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-recordable workplace hazard for delivery drivers. 

If you experience a dog bite attack on the job, take prompt action and understand your legal rights to seek compensation. The dog bite attorneys at The Porter Law Group have extensive experience representing delivery drivers bitten by dogs. If you sustained a dog bite while working your delivery route, contact our team for a free consultation.

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Overview of Dog Bite Laws in New York

New York utilizes a strict liability dog bite statute. This means dog owners face responsibility when their pet attacks, even without previous evidence of aggression. To file a dog bite injury claim in New York, the following criteria must be met:

  • The dog bite caused bodily harm involving broken bones, disfigurement, dismemberment, significant disfigurement, or nerve damage.
  • The injured person was in a public space or lawfully present on private property.

If these conditions apply, the owner or caretaker faces liability for the dog attack.

Seek Medical Care Immediately After a Dog Bite

If a dog attacks you while delivering packages, seek immediate medical attention. Visiting an emergency room or urgent care facility allows doctors to:

  • Clean and treat bite wounds to prevent infection
  • Document injuries in medical records
  • X-ray for hidden bone fractures or nerve damage
  • Begin a post-exposure rabies treatment if the dog is unvaccinated
  • Determine if stitches or surgery are necessary

A thorough medical evaluation provides vital evidence for establishing the dog owner's liability and recovering maximum compensation. Keep copies of all treatment records related to the bite.

Importance of Medical Records in Dog Bite Claims

Complete medical records serve as crucial proof when filing a legal claim after a dog bite injury. Medical reports detailing bite severity bolster evidence that the attacking dog caused substantial bodily harm.

With proper evidence, experienced dog bite attorneys can build a strong case to recover damages from the owner. This financial compensation allows delivery drivers to pay medical bills, replace lost income, and gain closure after a traumatic incident.

Document the Dog Attack Thoroughly

After seeking urgent medical care, take action to document critical details about the dog attack. This evidence will prove valuable when attempting to hold the owner liable.

At the Scene of the Dog Bite

If able, gather the following information immediately at the scene:

  • The exact address of where the bite occurred, plus the dog owner's contact details
  • Photos capturing injuries sustained and the attack location
  • Statements from any eyewitnesses to the incident

Capturing this evidence on-site means you won’t forget or misremember key circumstances later. A vivid demonstration of the unprovoked attack also builds a compelling case for the owner’s strict liability.

Follow Up on the Dog Attack Documentation

Take these additional steps in the days following the bite:

  • File an internal incident report with your supervisor
  • Contact your local animal control agency to report the dangerous dog
  • Track related expenses such as medical bills and lost wages

Carefully preserving all documentation makes it easier to claim and calculate full damages in your legal claim.

Report the Dog Bite Attack

Notifying key authorities ensures the incident is formally recorded for liability purposes.

Animal Control

Under New York statute, the dog control officers (DCOs) must keep a record of all severe or fatal dog bites reported to them. Filing this regulatory report also helps protect others by getting the aggressive dog properly registered.


Provide formal written notice about the bite attack to your supervisor or HR department as required under company safety protocols. This establishes needed evidence that the incident caused an on-the-job injury.


Ask the responding law enforcement officer to create a detailed dog bite report documenting the attack and your damages. This official record will significantly advance your legal claim.

Get Experienced Legal Guidance After a Dog Attack

If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite while working a delivery route, The Porter Law Group can help protect your rights. Our personal injury attorneys have secured hundreds of dog bite victims harmed by negligent dog owners in New York.

We operate on a contingency fee basis, with no upfront costs. This means you only pay if we obtain compensation for you. Our legal team will handle all aspects of your injury claim while you focus on healing. Contact us at 833-PORTER9 or email for a free case review.

Written By
Eric C. Nordby
Personal Injury Attorney
Eric, with nearly three decades of experience in personal injury litigation, holds a law degree with honors from the University at Buffalo School of Law and a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University. His extensive career encompasses diverse state and federal cases, resulting in substantial client recoveries, and he actively engages in legal associations while frequently lecturing on legal topics.
Legally Reviewed on December 21, 2023
Michael S. Porter
Personal Injury Attorney
Originally from Upstate New York, Mike built a distinguished legal career after graduating from Harvard University and earning his juris doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. He served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, gaining expertise in trial work, and is now a respected trial attorney known for securing multiple million-dollar results for his clients while actively participating in legal organizations across Upstate NY.
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