Insurers See Hike in Dog-Bite Cases

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The total number of dog-bite claims cost insurance companies $27,862 last year, a new record. Last year, the claims climbed 5.5% to 17,359, which broke the 2003 record. New York State had the costliest attacks among states with the most incidents.

The assaults cost the insurance industry nearly $483.7 million. The average cost in New York State was $43,122 per claim, compared with $27,862 nationwide.

Almost 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and about a fifth of those incidents require medical attention, according to the U.S. CDC. Most bites take place when dogs are not leashed by their owners.

Prevent your dog from becoming a biter with these simple tips:

         Encourage your dog to play non-aggressive games such as “go fetch” instead of tug of war

         Teach kids not to disturb a dog when they are eating or sleeping

         Never leave a dog alone with an infant

         Always leash your dog when outside in public areas or in the yard with no fence


Check out our blog to learn more on preventing dog bites.