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Dog Bite While at Work – Do I Qualify for Work Comp Benefits?

If you’ve experienced a dog bite at your workplace and meet the following criteria, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

If your job requires you to work with dogs, make house visits, or have a dog on your employer’s property, you may suffer a dog bite injury. While dog bites are not common work injuries, they can be severe and cause a person to miss time at work.

If you have suffered a dog bite injury while on the job, you can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. However, as with all compensation claims, getting the benefits you and your family need may be challenging.

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What Does the Law Say?

According to Missouri worker’s compensation laws, you are covered by your employer’s insurance policy for any injury sustained at work or while performing a work-related activity or if you become ill because of exposure to the work environment.

Criteria for Dog Bite Accident Coverage:

  • On the Clock:
    • Must be working during the incident.
    • Example: Bitten by a dog at a house you visited for work tasks—covered.
    • Example: Bitten by a dog during lunch at a restaurant—not covered (not performing a work task).

Occupations Often at Risk:

  • Delivery people.
  • Mail carriers.
  • Social workers.
  • First-aid providers.
  • Police officers.
  • Home service providers (e.g., handymen, telephone company workers).

Dog Presence in the Workplace:

  • Workplaces like animal shelters, where dog bites are a common risk.
  • Construction sites that keep dogs to deter trespassers overnight.
  • If the bite occurs on the employer’s property while supposed to be there, it qualifies for workers’ compensation.

The Dog Owner May Also Be Liable

In Missouri, the dog owner is responsible for the dog’s behavior. You may be able to seek compensation from the dog owner if the bite occurred in a public space or while you were lawfully in a private space. Again, the question of whether you were on the job or not can still have a say, even in this personal injury claim.

Contact a St. Louis Work Injury Lawyer

Dog bite cases can be tricky, whether for personal injury or workers’ compensation claims. The dog owner can try to argue that the dog was only protecting the household, while the employer may suggest that you went outside the scope of employment. It’s best to work with a St. Louis worker’s compensation attorney to see what you can do to get a settlement.

The Missouri Worker’s Compensation system is not your friend. We can help you take the steps necessary to protect your rights and recover payment for lost wages, medical care for your injuries, or a settlement for permanent partial disability or permanent total disability should you not be able to return to work.

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Updated: May 16, 2024