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And other interesting data

  • Pennsylvania ranks third (after California and Florida) out of the fifty states in the number of claims for dog bites. 

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. 

  • Among children, the rate of dog-bite–related injuries is highest for those 5 to 9 years old.

  • Over half of dog-bite injuries occur at home with dogs that are familiar to us.

  •  The number of dog bite claims nationwide increased to 18,522 in 2017, compared to 18,122 in 2016 – a 2.2 percent increase.

  • The average cost per claim increased by 11.5 percent. The average cost paid out for dog bite claims was $37,051 in 2017, compared with $33,230 in 2016.

  • Almost 90 million dogs are owned as pets in the United States according to a 2017-2018 survey by the American Pet Products Association.

  • Homeowners and renters insurance policies typically cover dog bite liability legal expenses, up to the liability limits (typically $100,000 to $300,000). If the claim exceeds the limit, the dog owner is responsible for all damages above that amount.

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