Nothing will stop the United States Postal Service from delivering your mail except maybe a dog.
The GAO reports says that USPS mail carriers–who delivered mail to nearly 132 million delivery points in fiscal year 2012–can be injured while delivering mail by being bitten by a dog, falls to the ground, being involved in a vehicle collision and other ways.
According to USPS officials, 36 percent of the 32,213 reported injuries in fiscal year 2012 were related to mail delivery. The most frequently reported cause of injury for routes that are primarily conducted on foot is dog bites, while the most frequently reported cause of injury for delivery on rural routes–which is often conducted in vehicles–is vehicular collisions.
Most injuries that occurred from 2009 through 2012 on mail delivery routes were caused by falls and dog bites. Falls to the ground were among the most common circumstances leading to injury that resulted in either restricted work activity or days away from work, but repetitive motions were the most common cause of long-term occupational illnesses regardless of severity or route type.
The General Accounting Office was conducting this study of the causes of injuries suffered by United States Postal Services workers in an effort to identify the sources of workers compensation claims and in an effort to identify those parts of the job that may be changed to reduced workers' compensation claims.
However, it must be remembered that in each of these incidents, the Postal Service employee potentially had a claim against the owner of the dog, the driver of the automobile, the owner of the property, etc. that caused their injury. The Postal Service employee can see workers' compensation benefits and a full recovery from the party that actually caused their injury. A workers' compensation claim does not preclude you from making your personal injury claim.
If you have any question about your personal injury case, contact The Sessions Law Firm today for a free consultation.
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