The United States Postal Service ranks Chicago extremely high concerning dog attacks of mail carriers. Chicago had approximately 30 dog attacks involving mail carriers just during the past year.
Unfortunately, home owners are often ignorant about just how their dogs will behave when a stranger approaches their home. Letter carriers are often told: "Don't worry. My dog won't bite." Despite such assurances, the dog often attacks in any case.
The postal service has taken the step of asking residents to keep their dogs in doors when letter carriers are coming to their home. Such letter carriers also have the right not to deliver the mail to such homeowners if they find a pet that is unrestrained.
Dog attacks often do lead to significant injuries. When a dog is out of control, it may not let up on its attack. Instead, it will continue to inflict serious and disfiguring injuries until the dog is physically incapacitated.
If someone is injured due to a dog attack, it might be a good idea to consult with an attorney familiar with dog bite cases. Such attorneys understand that insurance companies often cover such type of claims, and these attorneys can negotiate with such companies for a settlement.
It is striking that Chicago is listed so high on the postal service listing for dog attacks considering that Chicago already has such stringent laws in place. Most other jurisdictions have what is called the "one bite rule" - meaning owners of most breeds of dog won't be held liable for that first bite or attack. Owners of dogs can be held liable in Chicago for an attack, even if the dog has never attacked another person on a previous occasion.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Postal Service ranks Chicago high for dog attacks," May 23, 2012