Dogs Take Big Bite Out of Liability Insurance

 Friday, May 16, 2014

 Insurance Journal

Dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2013, costing more than $483 million, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III) and State Farm, the nation’s largest writer of homeowners insurance. The industry research organization reported that the number of dog bite claims nationwide increased 5.5 percent in 2013, while the average cost per claim for the year dropped 6.4 percent. The average cost paid out for dog bite claims nationwide was $27,862 in 2013 compared with $29,752 in 2012. The increase in claims may be attributable to non-bite injuries that are being captured in the analysis, which can include scratching, tripping, knocking down or frightening a person, the III noted.
Liability
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