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California Press Office: Janet Ruiz, 707-490-9365, email@example.com
NEW YORK, April 6, 2023—U.S. insurers paid out more than $1 billion in dog-related injury claims in 2022, a double-digit percentage increase over 2021 even though the number of claims decreased within that timeframe, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) and State Farm.
“The 2.2 percent decrease in claims for dog bites and dog-related injury claims in 2022 underscores the progress of educating dog owners to take responsibility for their beloved pets,” stated Janet Ruiz, Director, Strategic Communications, Triple-I. “Unfortunately, the total cost of these claims increased by 28 percent in 2022 to $1.13 billion, with an average cost per claim rising by 32 percent, to $64,555.”
Triple-I is marking National Dog Bite Prevention Week (April 9-15) again this year along with the American Humane Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Positively Victoria Stillwell, and State Farm.
“Educating dog owners about being responsible will reduce dog-related injuries because, under the right circumstances, any dog might bite,” Ruiz added.
To reduce the likelihood of dog bites, dog owners are encouraged to:
Pedestrians and others encountering dogs with whom they are unfamiliar should:
The number of dog-related injury claims nationwide dropped to 17,597 in 2022, having stood at 17,989 in 2021. The cost of 2021’s U.S. insurance claims for this type of incident totaled $882 million and the average cost per claim in that year was $49,025.
More than a third of the nation’s dog-related injury claims in 2022 were filed in five states, the Triple-I and State Farm estimate. California (1,954 claims), Florida (1,331), Texas (1,017), New York (969), and Michigan (905) topped the list, in that order. The Top 10 list for last year can be found here.
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