2010 U.S. Dog Attacks Cost Insurance Companies $413 Million

Posted on: June 10th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

In May of 2011, The Insurance Information Institute estimated that U.S. insurance companies paid $413,000,000.00 to settle dog bite claims. About 1 in 3 homeowner liability claims paid are due to dog attacks. It is estimated that approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten each year. News reports allege that there were 33 deaths in 2010 from dog bite attacks.

To minimize the chances of being bitten, experts recommend that you never run past an unrestrained dog that you are not familiar with. A dog’s natural instinct is to chase. Avoid eye contact with an aggressive dog. Dogs that are tethered outside on their property can be even more dangerous than dogs that are unrestrained.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a dog bite attack, you should consider contacting an experienced PA dog bite attack lawyer. Attorney Thomas J. Newell has been representing personal injury victims since 1981. Call 800-980-4842 for your free home consultation. PADogAttackLawyer.com provides readers with the latest news regarding Pennsylvania dog bite attacks.