Avoid a Double Tragedy: Tips from National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition Partners

Our previous post discussed homeowners liability claims stemming from dog bites. Today, Janet Ruiz, I.I.I.’s Director of Strategic Communications, has these valuable safety tips from National Dog Bite Prevention Week ® Coalition partners. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates there are approximately 78 million dogs in U.S. homes and each year 4.5 million people … Continue reading Avoid a Double Tragedy: Tips from National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition Partners

Dog Bite Liability Claims by State – Interactive Map

Dogs provide millions of people with companionship, happiness and health benefits. But even dogs that are normally docile may bite when they are frightened or when defending their puppies, owners or food. To educate pet owners about how to prevent dog bites The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Insurance Information Institute,  State Farm®, and … Continue reading Dog Bite Liability Claims by State – Interactive Map

The Cost Of A Dog Bite

When dogs bite homeowners insurers pay out an average of $33,230 per claim. In fact, dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners liability claim dollars paid out in 2016, costing in excess of $600 million, according to the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm. The average cost per … Continue reading The Cost Of A Dog Bite

Dog Bite Claims, By The Numbers

National Dog Bite Prevention Week is coming up… Here are some numbers to consider: – Dog bites caused more than 33 percent of all homeowners insurance liability claims in 2014, costing in excess of $530 million – The average cost per claim has increased more than 67 percent from 2003 to 2014 – The number … Continue reading Dog Bite Claims, By The Numbers

Dog Bite Liability: Are You Covered?

Many dog owners do not consider the possibility that their friendly Fido could bite a friend, relative, or even a stranger. But dog bites do happen and irresponsible dog owners endanger others and their assets, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) For example, State Farm, the largest writer of homeowners insurance in the U.S., … Continue reading Dog Bite Liability: Are You Covered?

Trumpcare: What’s In A Name?

There are a lot of unknowns right now about what Trumpcare, the replacement for Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act, may bring. So the news that South Carolina-based Hibbits Insurance has filed an application to trademark the name Trumpcare is drawing a lot of curiosity. As the South Carolina Post and Courier reports, Hibbits filed … Continue reading Trumpcare: What’s In A Name?

Fido Takes A Bite Out of Homeowners Claims

Don’t bite on this, but next week’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week is a reminder that Fido can cost dog owners—and their insurers—dearly. Dog bite (and dog-related injuries) accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2015, costing in excess of $570 million, according to the Insurance Information … Continue reading Fido Takes A Bite Out of Homeowners Claims