A dog bite can end up taking a huge bite out of your wallet. According to State Farm and the Insurance Information Institute, the average insurance payout for a dog bite or other canine injury was more than $37,200 in 2015 – a 16 percent increase from 2014. This amount has nearly doubled since 2003 largely due to increases in medical care.
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Dog Bite Statistics
More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States. In addition to bites, dogs can also cause injury by knocking a person down leading to bone fractures, concussions, and other injuries. Because pet owners are responsible for the conduct of their pets at all times, they can be held liable in a civil suit seeking compensation for a victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Dog Bites and Insurance
Despite the skyrocketing cost of treating these injuries, the actual number of claims has fallen more than seven percent from last year, and yet canine injury claims still represent a third of all homeowner’s liability insurance claims. Arizona is the state with the highest average cost per claim at an incredible $56,654. Costs in South Carolina can also run into tens of thousands of dollars – an unexpected expense that could spell disaster for a victim and his or her family. If you have found yourself in this situation, you should immediately reach out to an attorney for legal help.
Contact a South Carolina Dog Bite Attorney Today
Dog bites can be extremely painful and require immediate medical care to prevent infection and repair the damage. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog and sustained medical bills and lost wages, immediately contact a dog bite attorney at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. Our firm has experienced personal injury lawyers with the training and knowledge to help you get the settlement you deserve. Call us now. We are ready to help you.
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