ESTIMATED NUMBER AND COST OF DOG BITE CLAIMS NATIONWIDE, 2003-2013
Year Value of claims
($ millions)
Number of claims Average cost
per claim
2003 $324.2 16,919 $19,162
2004 318.9 15,630 20,406
2005 321.1 14,295 22,464
2006 322.4 14,661 21,987
2007 356.2 14,531 24,511
2008 387.0 15,823 24,461
2009 412.0 16,586 24,840
2010 412.6 15,770 26,166
2011 490.8 16,695 29,396
2012 489.7 16,459 29,752
2013 483.7 17,359 27,862
Percent change, 2012-2013  -1.2% 5.5% -6.4%
Percent change, 2003-2013 49.2 2.6 45.4

Source: Insurance Information Institute, State Farm®.