Estimated Number and Cost of Dog Bite Liability Claims (And Other Dog-Related Injuries*), 2003-2016

 

Year Total Claims Paid Out ($ millions) Number of Claims Average Cost Per Claim
2003 $324.2 16,919 $19,162
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
2014 530.8 16,550 32,072
2015 571.3 15,352 37,214
2016 602.2 18,123 33,230
% change, 2015-2016 5.4% 18.0% -10.7%
% change, 2003-2016 85.8% 7.10% 73.4%
*Losses also include dog-related injuries that have impacted claims such as fractures or other blunt force trauma injuries. Source: Insurance Information Institute, State Farm®.