State Farm Insurance, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, paid out over $109 million for about 3,800 dog bite claims last year alone. This amount is up almost $20 million from the $90 million paid out for claims in 2010. National surveyor, the Insurance Information Institute, estimated that $413 million was paid out in 2010 by all the insurance companies and that $479 million was paid out collectively in 2011.
Of the 4.7 million yearly dog bite victims, almost 3 million of the victims are children, with about 800,000 people seeking medical treatment for their dog bite injury. Following children and senior citizens, who represent the largest populations to be injured by dog bites, are letter carriers, with about 5,600 U.S. Postal Service carriers being attacked each year. According to the Postal Service, medical expenses from dog bite attacks cost over $1 million last year.
On the “Top 10 States for Dog Bite Claims” list, Florida sits at number 7, with State Farm paying out $5.6 million in 2011 alone. The national average cost per claims for a dog bite was $28,799 in 2011. However, the average cost per Florida claim in 2011 was $38,400. Florida had over 140 claims in 2011.
Leading insurer pays $109M for dog bite claims, www.miamiherald.com May 18, 2012.
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