Animals Pose a Serious Threat to Delivery Drivers in Florida
Americans are more reliant on delivery drivers than ever before. The popularity of online shopping accelerated dramatically during the pandemic, and Florida residents are now much more likely to shop online rather than in-person. With this heightened demand, it should come as no surprise that delivery drivers are more likely to suffer injuries today than in any other period of American history. But it’s not just a case of “more drivers equals more injuries.” Florida poses unique threats to delivery drivers – and many of these threats come from the animal kingdom.
Amazon Worker in Critical Condition after Rattlesnake Attack
On September 19th, NBC News reported that an Amazon worker had been bitten by a rattlesnake while delivering packages in Palm City. The victim was apparently placing a parcel on someone’s doorstep when the snake appeared out of nowhere and bit her.
The animal in question was apparently an eastern diamondback. According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, this is the longest, heaviest venomous snake in all of North America. It can reach up to 8 feet long and has a venomous bite that proves fatal to many victims. It gets its name from the diamond-shaped pattern on its back. Their venom contains a toxin called hemotoxin, which destroys red blood cells and leads to tissue damage at an alarming rate.
Fortunately, healthcare providers have ample stocks of rattlesnake antivenom in areas where the snake roams. One of the most dangerous aspects of the snake is its tendency to lie in wait – hiding itself in various nooks and crannies. In the wild, it might choose to hide under logs or tree roots. But in urban areas, humans may find it hiding next to a porch or front door. Many snake experts say that the eastern diamondback is the most deadly snake in all of America.
Authorities say that after the delivery worker was bitten, she “immediately became ill,” highlighting the speed at which the venom began to affect her body. Fortunately, she was able to call first responders using her cellphone before she lost consciousness, and responders were able to locate her using the phone’s GPS signal. The worker is reportedly still recovering from the incident but is expected to survive. It is likely that she was given antivenom very soon after the incident.
Can Delivery Workers Get Compensation for Animal Attacks in Florida?
Almost all workplace injuries are compensable under Florida’s workers’ comp system, including animal attacks. Delivery drivers are especially at-risk for these injuries, as they face not only wild animals but also dangerous pets during an average day.
Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Workers’ Comp Attorney in Florida?
If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced Tampa workers’ comp attorney, look no further than the Franco Law Firm. We’re ready to guide delivery workers, postal workers, and others to positive results after workplace injuries. We know that there are many threats waiting for workers as they hit the road – including both human and animal-related hazards. Book your consultation today to pursue the compensation you need to cover your damages.