Letter carrier sues homeowner over dog attack

Kelly Holleran Oct. 12, 2010, 11:59am

A U.S. Postal Service worker has filed suit against the homeowner who allegedly allowed her dog to attack the letter carrier.

Kelly Tillerson claims she was attacked by a dog at 777 21st St. in Beaumont in 2009 as she was delivering mail.

Because of the incident, Tillerson experienced physical pain, suffering and mental anguish and lost earnings, according to the complaint filed Oct. 5 in Jefferson County District Court. In addition, she incurred medical costs and suffered physical impairment and disfigurement, the suit states.

Tillerson names Jille Matte and Melissa Benedictus as defendants in the suit, alleging they negligently failed to keep a proper lookout for her safety, failed to maintain control of their dog, failed to exercise ordinary care and failed to keep a proper distance from her.

In her complaint, Tillerson is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus interest at the legal rate, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Anthony Malley III of Moore Landrey in Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A188-532

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