Dog Bite Claims Hit Record High

 Wednesday, October 1, 2014

 Bloomberg Businessweek

Either dogs are getting feistier or their owners are. Last year, the number of dog bite claims increased almost 6 percent to 17,359, according to the Insurance Information Institute, breaking the record for number of claims set in 2003. With an average cost per claim of $27,862—up 45 percent over the past decade—those dog bites accounted for more than a third of all homeowners insurance liability-claim dollars paid out in 2013. In some respects, these numbers are still relatively low. The CDC estimates that dogs bite 4.5 million people each year.