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Postman Awarded Compensation for Dog Attack at Work

Posted: October 24th, 2013

A postman has been awarded €55,000 compensation for a dog attack at work after a hearing at the High Court in Dublin.

Joseph Dunne (63) from Kilbeggan in County Westmeath was delivering letters to a mailbox outside of a home shared by Olive Dalton and Martin Maher in Kilbeggan when, on 8th October 2008, he was attacked by the couple´s husky-type dog.

The dog had escaped through a hole in the hedge and knocked Joseph over as he jumped up at him. Once on the floor, the dog continued to claw and bite Joseph, only leaving the postman alone when one of two passers-by hit the dog on the back with a stick.

Joseph was taken to hospital, where he was treated for severe lacerations on the right side of his face and nerve damage which affected the right side of his forehead. Joseph required 22 stitches for the cuts to his face and underwent plastic surgery to hide the worst of the scars.

Joseph was able to return to work soon after the event, but he made a claim for injury compensation for a dog attack at work against the couple who owned the dog; alleging that they were negligent in failing to fence their property appropriately and for failing to advise An Post of the dangers to delivering post to the property.

The owners – Olive Dalton and Martin Maher – denied their liability for Joseph´s injuries but, at the High Court in Dublin, Mr Justice Michael Moriarty found in Joseph´s favour and awarded him €55,000 in compensation for a dog attack at work.

Announcing his verdict, the judge commended Joseph for returning to work so soon after a particularly frightening event. The judge also heard that the dog had been put down the day after the attack.

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