NEW ORLEANS - A St. Tammany Parish man has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service after his family pet was hit by a postal vehicle.

Dale M. Grimsal, individually and on behalf of his minor children, filed suit against the United States of America on March 7 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Sept. 20, 2010 as Grimsal's children were playing with their pet dog in the front yard of their rural Covington home. According to the lawsuit, a postal carrier was speeding down their private driveway and ignored the children waving for her to slow down as their dog ran toward the postal vehicle. The mail carrier ran into the dog and it died about one week later.

The U.S. Postal Service mail carrier is accused of negligence for not having her vehicle under proper control, not maintaining a proper lookout, driving in a careless and reckless manner, driving in excess of the speed limit, being distracted and failing to yield the right of way.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for the purchase price of the pet, medical expenses, cremation expenses, mental anguish, interest and court costs.

Grimsal is represented by New Orleans attorneys Michelle D. Robert and Jennifer G. Ahner.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00604

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