State Farm Lists Top Ten States for Dog Bite Claims

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM EDT

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State Farm Lists Top Ten States for Dog Bite Claims

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM EDT

(State Farm news release) Each year, almost five million people are bitten or attacked by dogs.  Dog bites are a serious public health problem that can cause both physical and emotional damage to victims and considerable cost to communities.

Top 10 states for State Farm Dog Bite Claims in 2011

State Number of claims Claims paid (estimated)
1. California
527 $20.3 million
2. Illinois
309 $10.0 million
3. Texas
219 $5.1 million
4. Ohio
215 $5.4 million
5. Pennsylvania
197 $4.9 million
6. Michigan
181 $7.0 million
7. Florida
157 $5.1 million
8. Indiana
139 $3.5 million
9. New York
133 $6.1 million
10. Minnesota
117 $3.5 million

 

State Farm paid more than $109 million as a result of the nearly 3,800 dog bite claims in 2011. The Insurance Information Institute (III) estimates that in 2011, insurers across the country paid nearly $479 million in dog bite claims.

Read the entire State Farm news release HERE.