ESTIMATED NUMBER AND COST OF DOG BITE CLAIMS, 2003-2008
  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Percent change,
 2007-2008
Percent change, 
2003-2008
Value of claims 
($ millions)
$324.20 $319.00 $321.10 $322.30 $356.20 $387.20 8.70% 19.43%
Number of claims 16,919 15,630 14,295 14,661 14,531 15,823 8.89% -6.48%
Average cost per claim $19,162 $20,406 $22,464 $21,987 $24,511 $24,461 -0.20% 27.65%

Source: Insurance Information Institute.