Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dog Bite Attacks Spike in 2011



Dog bites do not garner a great deal of press unless a death is reported from the attack. Insurance companies are the ones who are well aware of the impact of dog bites, they pay outrageous sums every year in dog bite claims.

Eddie Martinez, a spokesman for State Farm Insurance reported that the company paid Almost $110 million in dog bite claims alone in 2011. Martinez stated that the payments were the result of more than 3,800 dog bite claims against the insurance company. The 2011 number of claims is a significant increase over 2010's payments. State Farm paid on 3,500 claims and roughly $90 million in 2010. State Farm is diligently working to determine the cause of the spike in dog bites and claims.

Loretta Worters, a spokeswoman for The Insurance Information Institute said that dog bite claims were markedly increased in 2011 over the 2010 numbers. The overall total for claims in 2011 was $479 million compared to 2010's payoffs of $413 million. California, the most populated state in the U.S. had the most claims in 2011. California claims accounted for more than 50 percent of the total dog bite claims in all 50 states. California payments saw an increase of more than 30 percent over the 2010 numbers.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention stated that statistically more than 4.7 million people are bitten by a dog every year. Children are the most commonly bit by a dog accounting for more than 50 percent of all dog bites. The average year results in approximately 800,000 people requiring medical attention for a dog bite. The average yearly death toll for a dog bite is 16.

Senior citizens are the second largest segment of the population to be at risk for a dog bite. U.S. Postal workers are third in line for being a victim of a dog bite. Los Angeles based spokesman Richard Maher stated that mail carriers experienced 5,600 bites in the previous two years. A postal worker in California was attacked in March of 2012. She died a few days later after suffering from complications due to the attack.

Los Angeles and San Diego top the list of the cities with the most dog bites reported on mail carriers. Mail carriers in Houston and Cleveland round out the top four cities with the most dog bites reported by the U.S. Post Office.

This article is written by an independent author. Goldberg & Osborne, a Tucson, Arizona personal injury law firm, has not reviewed or edited any of the information, written or implied, on this article and shall not be held responsible for any incident that may arise from the use of the information provided.

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