Posted By Simpson Law Group LLP Trial Attorneys Posted in:Dog Bite
Once again California has been dubbed the dog bite capital of the United States. A recent data analysis by State Farm shared by the Insurance Information Institute (III) shows that California outranked all other states in the number of dog bites reported and the average amount of each dog bite claim. In 2018, there were 2,166 dog bite claims filed in California, including claims resulting from actual bites as well as non-bite injuries caused by dogs. The total of all claims was $98.6 million—at an average of $45,543 per claim, says the III. Florida was the next in line behind California, with a total of 1,281 dog bite claims worth a collective total of $56.2 million.
These statistics, says the III, include injuries from dog bites as well as non-bite claims such as claims when a bicyclist, child or jogger is knocked down by an aggressive dog. Throughout the U.S. there were a total of 675 million in dog bite claims for all the states combined—with 17,297 claims for dog-related injuries.
The Simpson Law Group is there for you if you have bitten or otherwise harmed by a dog. We provide top-shelf representation for accident victims with an eye toward helping our clients recover the maximum damages the law provides. Contact us as soon as possible following your injury to discuss the merits of your case.
There are approximately 90 million dogs kept as domestic pets across the United States at any one given time, according to the III. Around 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S., says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children are more apt to be targeted by dogs for attack, with children ages 5 through 9 the most-often bitten. Elderly people are also susceptible to horrific dog bite attacks. In more than 50 percent of cases, dogs are known to their victims.
Dogs, no matter how much we love them, are just animals. They are therefore subject to unpredictable behavior, transforming at the drop of a hat from gentle lap dog to drooling maneater—even in the absence of provocation. None are more dangerous than the pit bull, which accounted for 284 of the 430 deadly dog attacks reported in the U.S. from the years 2005 through 2017. Pit bulls were involved in more killings than all of the other dangerous breeds combined. And despite the fact that only 6.5 percent of dogs in the U.S. are pit bulls, they were responsible for 66 percent of all dog mauling deaths during the time period. Other dangerous dogs making the list include the rottweiler, German shepherd, bulldog, mastiff, husky and Doberman Pinscher.
Perhaps nothing is more frightening and emotionally scarring than being attacked by a dog. Dog bite injuries don’t just leave behind permanent disfigurements and scars; they also leave psychological scars in their wake, leaving the victim traumatized for life. At the Simpson Law Group, we understand the nuances of dog bite law. Let our San Diego dog bite attorney helps you plan your best case against the at-fault party, so that you get the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries. Set up your no-cost consultation now by dialing 619-236-9696.
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